There are always interesting happenings at NYCHA. Here, you will some of the latest activities within the largest housing authority in the United States.
On November 21, 2013, construction started on the first phase of development for Soundview Family Housing, which will house 120 low-income families. Learn more from the press release and see the Groundbreaking event photos.
October Emergency Preparedness Events
We held three emergency preparedness events in October at our developments. Learn more about our emergency preparedness efforts and see photos from these events.
16th Annual Diwali Celebration
NYCHA's Asian American Association held its 16th Annual Diwali Celebration on November 2, 2013. Known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali marks the beginning of the New Year on the Indian calendar. The Asian American Association is made up of 185 NYCHA employees who are from the Indian Sub-continent. General Manager Cecil R. House gave brief remarks at the celebration.
18th Annual Language Bank Ceremony
On October 18, 2013, NYCHA held its 18th Annual Language Bank Recognition Ceremony. The Language Bank is comprised of over 250 employee volunteers who collectively speak 39 languages. The annual Language Bank Recognition Ceremony acknowledges the contributions of our employee-volunteers for their commitment in providing language assistance services to ensure that our limited English proficient residents and applicants have access to NYCHA’s information and services in compliance with federal, state and local fair housing laws. This year NYCHA recognized 97 volunteers who provided interpretation or translation services for the Language Bank during May 1st 2012 through April 30, 2013. Photos on Flickr.
Hispanic Heritage Month
NYCHA Employees Celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on October 16, 2013. We invited Marta García, Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Media Coalition to speak. She was a former resident at Grant Houses in Manhattanville. More photos on Flickr.
50th Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony
NYCHA held its 50th Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 4, 2013. Most resident gardeners enter the Annual Citywide Garden Competition and their gardens are judged by a diverse panel of horticultural professionals. The judges choose a citywide winner in each category from among first-place borough winners. Winners receive recognition at the Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony. During this year’s preliminary judging phase, 743 NYCHA gardens were identified, an increase from 664 in 2012.
CCTV installations at Marble Hill Houses and Dyckman Houses
On October 3, 2013, NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea joined New York City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, and Fernando Cabrera, and Marble Hill Houses Resident Association Paulette Shomo to announce the start of construction of CCTV cameras in targeted areas at Marble Hill Houses. This funding was provided by elected officials such as Rodriguez and Cabrera, who allocated $395,000 and $230,000, respectively. On October 2, Chairman Rhea joined Council Member Rodriguez and Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa to announce the completion of CCTV installation at the Dyckman Houses. These cameras were also made possible with funding allocated by Council Member Rodriguez in the sum of $465,000.
Chairman Rhea Attends Recognition of Green City Force at the White House
NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea was at the White House on September 26 to honor one of NYCHA’s top partners, Green City Force (GCF). GCF’s Executive Director, Lisbeth Shepherd (center), was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her organization’s successful efforts to provide low-income youth with training, education and leadership opportunities that lead to “green-collar” jobs. Also in attendance to highlight the successful partnership between NYCHA and GCF were two GCF graduates, Dejon Barnes (right), a resident of Edenwald Houses and employee of the Community Environmental Center, and Derrika Cruickshank (left), a LaGuardia Houses resident employed as a Compost Associate.
NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Awards Ceremony
The New York City Housing Authority hosted its 8th Annual NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Richard Harris Terrace, the Borough of Manhattan Community College. As part of NYCHA's ongoing efforts to support NYCHA residents in their pursuit of higher education, a total of 10 scholarship winners were chosen from various NYCHA developments. Since 2005 the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program has annually awarded approximately 80 $1,000 scholarships to eligible NYCHA residents who are enrolled at CUNY colleges.
Newly Refurbished Basketball Court at Sack Wern Houses
On September 19, 2013, NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea joined NBA Star Kemba Walker, Under Armour executives and City Council Member Annabel Palma to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished basketball court at Sack Wern Houses in the Bronx. Walker, the Charlotte Bobcats point guard who grew up in the Sack Wern Houses, partnered with Under Armour, the NBA and NYCHA to restore the basketball court in order to provide young athletes with increased access to play the game. Under Armour and NBA FIT will host a number of youth basketball activities, including basketball and fitness clinics on the court and a block party for NYCHA youth from Sack Wern Houses, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Bronxdale area.
Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play
The New York City Housing Authority will host a series of recreational activities for its youth at various developments throughout the five boroughs, beginning with Campos Plaza in the East Village on September 18, 2013 as part of Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) celebration through this weekend. Chairman John Rhea will join the kickoff festivities at Campos. For the WWDoP, Nickelodeon suspends all programming across its TV channels and websites urging kids to "get up, go outside and play" to promote physical fitness and active play. This year, Nickelodeon and its partners will extend the celebration for this week turning New York into a "City of Play" with more than 80 health and wellness-geared activities at a number of New York City locations.
Senior Benefit and Entitlement Fair
The New York City Housing Authority will hold its 9th Annual Senior Benefit and Entitlement Fair on September 18 to inform and empower more than 1,800 of its senior residents from all five boroughs with health information, access to health screenings, nutrition counseling, group exercises, and the opportunity to enroll in various service and entitlement programs. This year's fair, in addition to its traditional focus on health, will place special emphasis on the benefits of "going green."
Hayden Lord Park Grand Opening
Open September 17, 2013, this new park is located between two former University Avenue Consolidated ("UAC") buildings which were sold through the Bronx Affordable Housing RFP to Bronx Pro for rehabilitation in 2009. Sixteen NYCHA applicants including one former UAC resident were admitted as tenants in 2010. Bronx Pro was initially selected by NYCHA and HPD through an RFP in 2003 to undertake substantial rehabilitation of 7 former UAC buildings with 291 units in two phases.
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