NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) measurably supports residents’ increased income and assets through programs, policies and partnerships in four key areas:
REES implements a place-based “Zone Model” that is focused on service coordination, strategic partnerships, leveraging localized external resources and services, and NYCHA resources to support residents in increasing their income and assets. To accomplish this, REES is takes a multi-pronged approach that includes:
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As one of the largest landlords in New York and the largest purveyor of public housing in the country, NYCHA is an economic engine and is uniquely positioned to support resident economic opportunity outcomes. NYCHA’s Zone Partners leverage our resources to implement a series of strategic projects that support resident outcomes. When we refer to “resources,” we are referring to non-financial strengths and assets that NYCHA can bring to the broader community economic development ecosystem. These resources include: NYCHA having access to jobs with its vendors and other partners (supported through HUD’s Section 3 regulation); direct connection to NYCHA residents and communications means for reaching them; availability of physical space for high-quality programming; resident data to inform quality service provision and evaluation; and NYCHA’s policymaking capabilities. NYCHA is committed to being a better partner. In addition to accessing NYCHA’s resources, Zone Partners have a dedicated point of contact for engaging with REES and a system for ongoing communication and shared-learning.