Getting Involved as a Resident

One of the easiest and most effective ways to get involved in your community is to join your local resident association. In addition to a development’s resident association, there are three other resident groups at NYCHA: the Citywide Council of Presidents, the Resident Advisory Board, and the soon to be launched Public Safety Advisory Committee.

Resident Leadership Academy (RLA)

The Resident Leadership Academy is a new program designed to provide training and build leadership skills for residents interested in taking a more active role in civic life within their development and/or community. The program is being launched in partnership with the Fund for Public Housing, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Murphy Institute/CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS).
 
The program’s objective is to develop current and emerging NYCHA resident leaders’ knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions as stewards of public housing; foster transferrable leadership skills that residents can use across their communities; and provide a pathway to higher education. Through this program, participating residents can earn up to 16 college credits through the Murphy Institute/CUNY SPS.

Youth Leadership Councils (YLC)

In partnership with NYC Service, NYCHA is forming 15 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) across the city. Each YLC will have 15-25 high school students that live in NYCHA developments. YLC members will be trained to work with NYCHA leadership to help make policy decisions that impact the quality of life of NYCHA residents, particularly from a young person’s perspective.
 
Each YLC will work on an agenda through the end of the 2016/2017 school year. YLC members are eligible to receive recognition of youth (100 hours of service) for High School Diploma Seal and Mayoral Recognition Certificate.

Public Safety Advisory Committee

As part of NextGeneration NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority will soon launch a Public Housing Advisory Committee. It will build on the strengths of NYCHA communities to improve resident safety and quality of life. Of the resident PSAC members, the Advisory Committee is recruiting two young NYCHA residents (age 18 to 24) to serve on the committee.

Resident Associations

Most NYCHA developments have resident associations, also known as tenant associations, resident councils, or tenant councils. These democratic organizations are dedicated to improving the quality of life in NYCHA developments and the surrounding neighborhoods. They work with NYCHA management at every level, giving residents a real voice in the operation of their developments.

Each resident association’s executive board is elected by association members and typically consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant-at-arms.

NYCHA helps residents create a resident association if their development does not already have one. To find out how you can join or create a resident association, contact your development’s Management Office.

The Citywide Council of Presidents

Every president of a recognized resident association is a member of one of nine Citywide Council of Presidents (CCOP) districts in the city. Resident association presidents elect a Chair to represent their district. Members of the CCOP automatically become members on the Resident Advisory Board, described below.

CCOP works with senior NYCHA staff on the issues affecting life in NYCHA developments, engaging with government at all levels (local, state, and federal).

CCOP Executive Board officers were elected to serve an approximate three-year term. This current Board will serve from July 21, 2014, through December 2016, or until succeeding officers are elected.

The Resident Advisory Board

The Resident Advisory Board (RAB) consists of public housing and Section 8 residents. It primarily addresses various aspects of NYCHA’s annual and five-year agency plans, which set forth NYCHA’s priorities and policies in 18 core areas and chart the course for NYCHA’s short-term and long-term future. RAB members express concerns, make recommendations, and advise NYCHA management as the plans are drafted. RAB’s recommendations for the final plan are incorporated when the plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

RAB members are responsible for informing residents in each development/district about the plans’ development at both the draft and final stages. There are more than 80 RAB members, consisting of 45 elected resident association presidents, 5 Section 8 representatives, and 31 alternates.

Tenant Participation Activity

Funding for tenant participation is provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to NYCHA. This funding is intended to support specific resident engagement and self-sufficiency activities. The funds may be used at the citywide, district or local levels, in collaboration with residents and NYCHA. Some approved activities include skills training programs, Family Days, procurement of office supplies for Resident Association needs. Learn more.

Resident Watch Program

For over 40 years, thousands of residents have volunteered their time to enhance the safety and security of their communities through the Resident Watch program (formerly Tenant Patrol). By patrolling their development, resident volunteers help make their homes safer and more secure while building communities and fostering pride in their development. NYCHA strongly encourages resident volunteers to:

  • Form lobby, roving, or youth watch groups as part of the Resident Watch Initiative.
  • Work with their Housing Manager to create a safe and supportive environment for themselves, families, and neighbors.

To join Resident Watch in your development, contact your Management Office.

Family Days

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