Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2018

CONTACT: media@nycha.nyc.gov

NYCHA CALLS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS TO JOIN THE NYCHA BOARD

Ensuring residents are represented in decision-making is a strategic objective of NextGeneration NYCHA. Applications will be accepted through October 15.


NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today a new opening for public housing residents to join the NYCHA Board. Resident members of the Board represent the almost 400,000 people who call NYCHA home when voting on contracts, resolutions, policies, rules and regulations that affect all public housing residents.

“Our residents understand the challenges facing public housing, which is why we welcome their voice on the NYCHA Board,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Stanley Brezenoff. “As leaders in their NYCHA communities, this new resident board member will play a crucial role in fueling the Authority’s mission to improve the quality of life for all residents and their families.”

“At first, being a resident board member was scary, confusing, challenging, but eventually it was gratifying. It is something that I think everyone should do and the best part is helping other people,” said Victor A. González, NYCHA’s first resident board member and current resident of the Rabbi Stephen Wise Towers. “Now, I know how to work with NYCHA in order to get the results that the residents, as well as myself, are looking for.”

There is one board member seat currently open and applications will be accepted, starting September 15 through October 15. Applications will be available online, and at each development’s property management and borough management offices.

Integral to NextGeneration NYCHA, resident input will continue to fuel the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan to preserve and protect public housing. Resident members of the Board attend each monthly meeting along with Interim Chair and CEO Brezenoff, General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo, other NYCHA executive leadership and appointed board members. Resident board members also represent NYCHA at a variety of events ranging from press conferences to Family Days.

In 2013, NYCHA expanded its Board from four members to seven. Three of the seven members are residents who have a say in NYCHA’s operations. This is not a full-time position, but the resident should be able to devote a minimum of 15-20 hours each month, for which they will receive a monthly stipend per hours of service up to $1,500. To qualify, residents must be at least 18-years-old, be a NYCHA resident in good standing and be cleared for service following a background check.

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About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Almost 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 325 public housing developments around the five boroughs, and another 202,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/nycha, and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/NYCHA and www.twitter.com/NYCHA.