Mobile Unit Will Visit All Boroughs Providing Financial Empowerment, Benefits Enrollment, Small Business Support, Career Services, and More to New Yorkers
Program Delivers on Key Plank of Mayor Adams’ Economic Blueprint, Aimed at Building Equitable Recovery for All
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the launch of a new initiative that will span across all city agencies to deliver municipal services directly to New Yorkers in underserved communities. Today, the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), and the New York City Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) will kick off the joint effort to deliver services — including financial empowerment resources, benefits screenings, tenant support, health insurance education, and more — through a mobile unit parked in front of Coffee Uplifts People (CUP), a local coffee shop owned by entrepreneur Angela Yee, host of ‘The Breakfast Club’ on iHeart Media's Power 105.1 FM. Yee opened CUP during the COVID-19 pandemic and partnered with SBS on the outreach event to spread the word about services and resources offered by the agency.
Additionally, New Yorkers will also be able to learn about career opportunities with local employers like Citi Bike, First Quality Maintenance, Allied Universal, Time Warner Entertainment, and Levy Restaurants. Mobile unit visitors will also be able to get help with their resumes, interview skills, and career advisement.
“In order to give New Yorkers the services they need, the city can’t just wait for them to come to us — we need to go to them and deliver services right into local communities,” said Mayor Adams. “With the launch of this mobile unit, we will be able to provide critical support through several city agencies to New Yorkers who need it most and continue building an equitable recovery.”
The new unit delivers on a key plank of Mayor Adams’ “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery” plan, which offers a roadmap to building an economic recovery for all New Yorkers. By bringing critical city services to New Yorkers who otherwise would not be able to access them, the administration aims to promote equitable and inclusive growth throughout the five boroughs. Over the next month, the mobile unit will be present in all five boroughs offering services and kicking off National Small Business Week. For more information on where the SBS Mobile Unit will be providing services, New Yorkers can follow @NYC_SBS on Twitter.
“Supporting New Yorkers who face barriers to accessing needed city services starts with meeting them where they are,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “Our new mobile unit will help ensure communities throughout the five boroughs have easy access to tangible and meaningful support.”
“We need an economic recovery that lifts up small businesses and working people in every corner of our city — and that's why SBS is laser-focused on bringing our services deep into the communities that need them most,” said SBS Commissioner Kevin D. Kim. “We know that access to career services and training and support for small business owners can make all the difference in our city’s rebound, and we are proud to partner with business owners like Angela Yee and our colleagues in city government.”
“NYC Free Tax Prep and free one-on-one professional financial counseling at the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers are available across the city and virtually. but now, with the new mobile outreach unit, we look forward to working with our partners to bring these services to targeted communities,” said DCWP Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga. “It’s by making city services like those offered through the unit readily available in new and dynamic ways — in communities where they are needed most — that our city can achieve equitable recovery.”
“PEU is excited to be scaling its proactive outreach under the new administration, with a focus on bringing critical benefits to New Yorkers,” said PEU Executive Director Adrienne Lever. “This inter-agency mobile unit project, in tandem with PEU’s door-to-door canvassing and targeted phone outreach, is working to fulfill the mayor’s commitment to improve access to resources by bringing the city to the communities we serve.”
“I have personally utilized the services offered by the SBS and have since been spreading the word for more people to take advantage of the support they offer for small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and people seeking employment,” said Angela Yee, founder, CUP.