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Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability

Taylor Cranston, NYCHA resident who obtained a job with a local contractor through the Section 3 program.
REES: Job Placement Assistance

Hurricane Recovery Jobs at NYCHA NEW 

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Labor with local partnership from the NYS Department of Labor and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is hiring for temporary positions for the cleanup of NYCHA developments as well as community outreach to connect residents in impacted areas to critical resources. Individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be comfortable working outdoors for long periods of time.


  • Have lost employment as a result of Hurricane Sandy (temporarily or permanently) or
  • Have been unemployed for 27 consecutive weeks or more or
  • Have been laid off or terminated by their last employer or have received a notice of termination

*For additional information on who qualifies as a Dislocated Worker, please see the Workforce Investment Act.

Please visit this website to see if you qualify to attend a Recruitment Event: 

Brooklyn Navy Yard 

NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) is working with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) and Robin Hood to provide employment opportunities for NYCHA residents.

There are many positions currently available, including:

  • Maintenance
  • Food services
  • Clerical
  • Property management

In order to ensure that NYCHA residents have access to these jobs, REES Assessment Specialists will be pre-screening NYCHA residents for direct referral to job developers at the BNYDC Employment Center.

REES is also hosting a series of Resume Workshops in our office at 787 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. The Resume Workshops are taught by City College of New York (CCNY) instructors in partnership with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

Resume Workshops will be available regularly through August 2013. Any interested NYCHA residents should call the REES Hotline at (718) 289-8100.

Harlem Children’s Zone

NYCHA has partnered with the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) on the development of a new kindergarten-through-12th grade school and community center building at the St. Nicholas Houses development. This new and exciting project is part of NYCHA’s effort to meet President Obama’s Choice Neighborhoods and Promise Neighborhoods challenge to housing authorities to integrate their residents with the larger community and link them to educational resources. 

As a result, HCZ anticipates the creation of approximately 100 long-term jobs at the new school. Employment will include teachers, administrators, security guards, maintenance workers, and after-school program staff. REES has partnered with HCZ to aggressively recruit from St. Nicholas Houses and other NYCHA developments in the surrounding community to fill the positions. In addition, HCZ currently has over 20 program sites throughout Harlem with similar positions. Those interested should go to HCZ Careers for additional information on HCZ employment. 

During the construction of the school, there are also employment opportunities for union members including but not limited to: carpenters, painters, laborers, plumbers, steamfitters, and bricklayers. NYCHA residents who are union members will receive priority consideration for these positions. If you are a resident and a member of a skilled trade construction union, call the REES hotline at 718-289-8100 for more information.

Jobs-Plus Sites    

Jobs-Plus is an employment program, proven to support public housing residents in significantly increasing their earnings. Jobs-Plus works to provide services and support to all working-age residents at targeted NYCHA developments. Jobs-Plus approaches its work in three ways:

  • Employment-related services
  • Financial incentives that allow residents to keep more of their earnings
  • Community support

Currently, REES supports two Jobs-Plus sites, serving targeted developments only:

For more information on the Jobs-Plus sites in your area, call the REES Hotline at (718) 289-8100 or contact the sites directly.

South Bronx 
391 E. 149th St.
Suite 305B
(718) 993-8880, Ext. 307 or 308
Betances HousesMoore Houses, and East 152-Courtlandt Houses

East Harlem
Jefferson Houses [Jobs-Plus]
335 E. 111th St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.) 
(917) 492-0274
: Jefferson Houses

The Jobs-Plus program is being expanded later this year to include up to seven new sites, made possible by a $25 million investment by the City of New York. The expansion of Jobs-Plus sites throughout New York City marks a key milestone in NYCHA’s new approach to better supporting residents to increase their income and assets.

Section 3 and REP Employment Opportunities

HUD’s Section 3 Regulation and the Resident Employment Program (REP) are two important resources to support residents in achieving their economic goals. Section 3 mandates that 30 percent of all new hires with a NYCHA contractor, to the greatest extent possible, should be filled by public housing residents (or other low-income individuals when no residents are available or qualified for the position). In 2001, NYCHA furthered its commitment to resident advancement by instituting the Resident Employment Program. Through REP, contractors must spend 15 percent of their labor costs on NYCHA Residents when their contract award is greater than $500,000.

NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) works with NYCHA contractors to refer qualified residents to job opportunities across NYCHA’s developments. NYCHA maintains a database of residents who are interested and qualified for Section 3 jobs. As opportunities come up from NYCHA contractors through Section 3/REP, NYCHA will identify qualified residents by home development and skill level. NYCHA will work to refer qualified candidates to contactors.

If you are interested in learning more about Section 3 opportunities, call the REES Hotline at (718) 289-8100.

In a concerted effort to increase economic opportunities for public housing residents through the Section 3 regulation by leveraging the agreement with NYPD for police services, the Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability and the NYPD are collaborating to ensure that NYCHA residents are informed about and have access to employment and training opportunities available through the police department.

For information about available positions and training programs with the NYPD, click HERE.

For more information on Section 3, click HERE.

Other Resources:

Workforce1 Career Centers

Workforce1 is a service provided by the  NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. Workforce1 Career Centers make strong matches for both candidates and employers by using a unique combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.