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 recently launched Public Safety Advisory Committee.
The role of a resident council is to improve the quality of life and resident satisfaction and participate in self-help initiatives to enable residents to create a positive living environment for families living in public housing. Ninety-five percent of NYCHA’s developments have resident associations, also known as tenant associations, resident associations, or tenant councils. They work with NYCHA management at every level, giving residents a real voice in the operation of their developments.
Each resident council’s has a democratically elected governing board that is elected by the voting membership. At minimum, the governing board must consist of five elected board members such as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant-at-arms. The term of office varies for each resident council but does not exceed 3 years. For an election, voting membership must consist of heads of households (any age) and other residents at least 18 years of age or older and whose name appears on a lease for the unit in the public housing development that the resident council represents.
To find out how you can participate in the resident council elections process at your development, contact the Resident Engagement Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (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.
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.
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.
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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:
To join Resident Watch in your development, contact your Management Office.
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.
In partnership with NYC Service, NYCHA Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) are comprised of youth and young adults who live in NYCHA developments and the surrounding community. YLC members have opportunities to help inform policy decisions that impact the quality of life of NYCHA residents, particularly from a young person’s perspective.
Each YLC will work on community engagement initiatives throughout the school year. YLC members are eligible to receive recognition of youth (100 hours of service) for High School Diploma Seal and Mayoral Recognition Certificate.