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About the Urban League

Advocacy, Services, and Progress Since 1968

Who we are

About HAUL

The Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) was organized in June 1968 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency. Affiliated with the United Way and National Urban League, HAUL advocates for and provides social services to disadvantaged people of all races, gender, age groups, and or disabilities. HAUL operates the following five (5) programs targeting residents in economically disadvantaged geographic areas in the Greater Houston areas: Education and Youth Development; Workforce and Economic Development; Workforce Training; Housing; and Health and Wellness Initiatives.

In that time, HAUL has moved the needle on educational policy, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, economic growth, and health & wellness awareness.

HAUL’s Mission

The mission of the Houston Area Urban League is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.


Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: The Impact of NULYP

The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) is a National Urban League volunteer auxiliary that targets young professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement. NULYP was unveiled at the 1999 National Urban League Annual Conference in Houston, TX where Marcus Mitchell assumed the role of President. Under his leadership, the organization began to define itself and to carve out its role in the National Urban League movement.

NULYP’s Mission

The mission of NULYP is to support the Urban League Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy, and membership development.

About NUL

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the Urban League collaborates at the national and local levels with community leaders, policymakers, and corporate partners to elevate the standards of living for African Americans and other historically underserved groups.

With 90 affiliates serving 300 communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the Urban League spearheads the development of social programs and authoritative public policy research, and advocate for policies and services that close the equality gap. At the community level, the National Urban League and its affiliates provide direct services that improve the lives of more than two million people annually,

NUL’s Mission

The National Urban League’s mission is to help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.

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