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NYCHA’s 48th Annual Black History Month Celebration
On Thursday, February 19, NYCHA hosted its 48th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Ceremonial Room at 90 Church Street.
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NYC Budget Agreement for Fiscal Year 2015
Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye thanked Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council for recognizing the crucial need for support services, safety measures and security programs that serve public housing residents.
Read Olatoye's statement
Read the press release from Mayor de Blasio's office

NYCHA Sandy Repairs Procurement Event Attracts Motivated, Diverse Group of Vendors
On January 13, almost 100 construction management firms and contractors interested in bidding on more than $2 billion in Sandy-related repairs attended a NYCHA Construction Industry Outreach Program at BNY Mellon.
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Letter from Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye and DOHMH Commissioner, Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH
NYCHA has worked closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to ensure that all residents of New York have the most up-to-date guidance about Ebola.
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Increasing the diversity of the City of New York's contractors
NYCHA hosted an MWBE Trade Show on October 23 to make it easier for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to work with NYC agencies. More than 30 agencies were represented.
Learn more about doing business with NYCHA

Mayor de Blasio and Senator Schumer announce $108MM in FEMA funds for Coney Island Houses
NYCHA agreement with FEMA will fund repairs and improvements at Coney Island Houses. Similar agreements will be made for 15 other Sandy-affected developments.
Press Release
Watch Video of the Announcement

Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye interviewed on NY1
Errol Louis interviewed Olatoye on the June 30, 2014 broadcast of NY1's "Inside City Hall."
Watch the interview on YouTube

Mayor de Blasio Announces Expedited Removal of Sidewalk Sheds at NYCHA Developments
Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a press conference at Lincoln Houses in Manhattan to highlight steps the administration is taking to make NYCHA developments safer through improvements to the physical environment.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA Chair & CEO Olatoye announce the start of CCTV installation at Boulevard Houses
June 11, 2014 — Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined public housing residents in East New York, NYCHA Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye, and Council Member Inez Barron to announce the start of a long-overdue security camera installation at Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, and five other developments around the city, in an effort by the administration to engage and be more responsive to the needs of public housing residents.
Press release from the Mayor's Office

October 2014 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
NYCHA has information and resources for victims of domestic violence, from current residents to applicants for public housing and Section 8. NYCHA also held its 13th Annual Domestic Violence Conference and Resource Fair on October 18 at Hostos Community College. Learn more:
NYCHA Domestic Violence Info and Resources
Press Release for City's First Ever Public Housing Domestic Violence Response 10-Member Team

51st Annual Garden and Greening Award Ceremony
NYCHA's Garden and Greening Program is one of the oldest urban gardening programs of its kind in the country. Learn more about the program and the annual award ceremony:
Info on the program and videos of the participants

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Winners
Shani Coleman, a resident of Gravesend Houses and senior at Baruch College, will be the first among her siblings to graduate from college. Ms. Coleman was one of the 11 NYCHA residents who also are CUNY students who won a $1,000 scholarship. The winners were honored at a reception on September 17.
Info on the scholarship and videos of the winners

NYCHA Statement in Response to NYC Comptroller Audit on Section 3
NYCHA is proud of its job growth and retention initiatives that continue to support our residents and the NYC economy.
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Section 8 Tenants: Find an apartment more easily
Finding affordable housing in New York City can be difficult, which is why NYCHA is helping to make the search easier by partnering with GoSection8 to offer online listings of properties available to voucher holders seeking residential dwellings in the private market.
Visit a list of available apartment or browse listings

Friedrich donates 150 air conditioners to cool 38 Cornerstone programs at NYCHA sites
It just got a lot cooler for kids to hang out at NYCHA community centers. Friedrich Air Conditioning donated 150 air conditioners to 38 community centers around the city.
Press Release

NYCHA's FY2015 Annual Plan
NYCHA held a series of meetings on its Annual Plan for FY2015. Live stream video from two of these meetings, as well as presentations and video from all meetings are available at:
NYCHA's Annual Plan

Mayor de Blasio unveils affordable housing plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, a $41 billion plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable units.
Read the full plan
Plan summary (slides in PDF)
Press release from the Mayor's Office

Julián Castro confirmed as US HUD secretary
Statement from NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye: The New York City Housing Authority is pleased to congratulate Secretary-designate Julián Castro on his new role heading the federal agency that provides vital support to public housing where more than half a million New Yorkers live. NYCHA has long had a positive, productive relationship with HUD and we know that with Castro's dynamic leadership that relationship will continue to thrive while together we focus on the important mission of preserving and developing affordable, safe public housing.
Politico: Julián Castro confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Mayor Bill de Blasio names Richard D. Baron to the NYCHA Board
Baron is a distinguished national leader with a track record of transformative success in affordable housing development and management.
Read the press release
Read Baron's biography

NYCHA continues to reduce number of open maintenance and repair work orders
As of May 1, 2014, the total number of open maintenance and repair work orders at NYCHA was 80,948. When NYCHA began its Maintenance & Repair Action Plan in January 2013, there were 422,639 open work orders. This represents a reduction of nearly 342,000 work orders.
See the Latest Maintenance & Repair Action Plan Results

NYCHA testifies to NYC Council on Safety and Security
Executive Vice President of Operations Carlos G. Laboy-Diaz testified before New York City Council's committees on Public Housing, Juvenile Justice, and Public Safety. The testimony covers NYCHA's focus on safety and security and NYCHA's important relationships with its residents, NYPD, DA's office, community-based organizations, the City Council, and other stakeholders.
Read the testimony (PDF)

Section 8 owners can still sign up for direct deposit
Beginning May 1, 2014, NYCHA will make Housing Assistance Payments electronically via direct deposit and bank-issued debit cards. Paper checks will no longer be mailed. Instead, owners who are not enrolled in direct deposit will receive HAP payments via debit card.
Sign in to the Owner Extranet to sign up for direct deposit
More information about using debit cards

Schumer, de Blasio Announce Massive Federal Investment of Over $100M to Replace Sandy-Destroyed Boilers for More Than 100 NYCHA Buildings -- Will Finally Provide Thousands With Robust Heat and Hot Water
On March 23, 2014, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major step forward in Superstorm Sandy recovery for thousands of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents currently living in buildings with temporary boiler systems.
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New Leadership at NYCHA
Chair & Chief Executive Officer Shola Olatoye began her first day on March 3, 2014 by touring Middletown Plaza development and senior center in the Bronx. Chair Olatoye will lead NYCHA’s efforts to improve residents’ quality of life and to help fulfill Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to create or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years.
New York City Council Testimony: Committee on Public Housing - NYCHA’s Five-Year Operating And Capital Plans (03.21.14)
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Weathering the Storm: Rebuilding a More Resilient NYCHA Post-Sandy
As an estimated $3.2 billion federal dollars comes into New York City for relief and resiliency efforts post-Sandy and NYCHA revamps its Hurricane Emergency Procedure, several community organizations across the City have come together to assess how NYCHA residents living in storm-affected zones are faring and discuss solutions for issues exposed by the storm. NYCHA commends the organizations that produced the report as many of the recommendations within are consistent with the internal post storm report and on-going efforts.
Read the Executive Summary

NYCHA Removes Sidewalk Sheds at Faster Pace
On January 28, 2014, NYCHA announced a streamlined process for completing repairs and removing sidewalk sheds at dozens of developments. The before and after photos above were taken at Van Dyke Houses in Brooklyn.
Read the Press Release
Sidewalk Shed Removal Status

New Self Service Portal Launched for Public Housing Applicants and Section 8 Voucher Holders
The Self-Service Portal has been enhanced to give public housing applicants the ability to view and immediately update their information on their current application, such as address, telephone numbers, reasons for applying and borough of preference. It also enables Section 8 voucher holders to access their basic tenancy information, including contract rent; annual recertification date; and the inspection date for their home.
Read the Press Release
Access the Self Service Portal

NYCHA Completes CCTV Installation at City-Council Funded Developments
On December 31 2013, The New York City Housing Authority announced it has achieved its promised goal of completed installation of City Council-funded closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras by the end of 2013. Since August 2012, NYCHA has used City Council funding to install 3,879 CCTV cameras in 500 buildings at 84 designated developments.

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Family Re-entry Pilot Program
Public housing authorities are being urged by all levels of government to adopt programs that enable some formerly incarcerated individuals to gain stability and reunite with family living in public housing. NYCHA now has a Family Re-entry Pilot Program to allow some formerly incarcerated people to reunite with their families living in NYCHA public housing.
Find out more about the Family Re-entry Pilot Program at NYCHA
Frequently Asked Questions
Read about the Family Re-entry Pilot Program in the New York Times

NYCHA's Efforts to Repair, Rebuild, and Recover from Superstorm Sandy
On November 20, 2013, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) General Manager Cecil House presented the Authority’s ongoing efforts to repair, rebuild for resiliency, and recover in the wake of Superstorm Sandy before the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing. In the year since Superstorm Sandy struck New York City, NYCHA has dedicated itself to ensuring that buildings and equipment are protected and staff are better prepared for emergencies. Additionally, NYCHA has engaged residents, and stakeholders in the private and nonprofit sectors, to collect feedback on how it can better prepare for and respond to future disasters. While NYCHA has made great strides in restoration and preparation efforts in the past year, there is still more work to be done in order to pursue a more sustainable future.
Read the complete testimony
Visit our Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Information Page
News Release: NYCHA Better Prepared for Future Weather-Related Emergencies

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