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Exemptions from Community Service

Exemptions from Community Service



There are many exemptions which allow residents not to perform Community Service. An exemption will excuse the resident from the performance of Community Service during the tenant's one year Lease term, unless the exemption is permanent. Some exemptions can be identified by NYCHA using information in the Annual Review or in the Resident file. Others may be granted only after residents submit the needed form where a specific form is needed. All forms are available on this website. If you have questions, you can contact your Borough Social Services Office or your Property Management Office. When required, exemption forms must be filled-out, signed and returned to the development management office.

Exemptions NYCHA identifies - NO ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS NEEDED
1.    Age - Below Age 18
2.    Age - Age 60 and older (permanent exemption)
3.    Employed - An adult with no child below age 13 in the household and earning at least $8,034 per year, or working a minimum of 30 hours per week
4.    Employed - A single adult family with at least one child below age 13 in the household and earning at least $5,356 per year, or working a minimum of 20 hours per week
5.    Employed - A two adult family with at least one child below age 13 in the household: either or both adults must work and must earn at least $9,373 per year, or either or both together must work a minimum of 35 hours per week, on the average
6.    Disability Income - Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
7.    Public Assistance - All authorized family members living in the same apartment will be exempt from performing community service for one year if at least one family member receives welfare assistance or participates in a program that receives welfare monies and is in compliance with the rules of the program (This exemption may require signed documentation)


Other exemptions - granted only with signed DOCUMENTATION
8.    Blind / Disabled (Certification by a doctor is required). [Download form]
9.    Receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) Income. [Download form
10.  Primary caretaker for the blind or disabled. [Download form]
11.  Vocational educational training (available only one time per resident). [Download form
12.  Job skills training directly related to employment, including attendance in a trade school. (The resident might not be currently employed, but employment may be dependent on successful completion of job training.) [Download form]
13.  Education directly related to employment, in the case of an individual who has not received a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency, if employment is dependent on successful completion of job training. [Download form]
14.  Satisfactory attendance at secondary school or higher. [Download form]
15.  Satisfactory attendance in a course of study leading to a certificate of general equivalence, if the resident has not completed secondary school or received such a certificate. [Download form]
16.  Work experience (including work associated with the refurbishment of publicly assisted housing) if sufficient private sector employment is not available, e.g., Youthbuild. [Download form]
17.  Childcare provider to a NYCHA child resident age 5 or younger (including your own child), if the child's parent - also a NYCHA resident: [Download form]

  • Is performing Community Service, OR
  • Is exempt by NYCHA from performing Community Service because the parent is employed
  • Childcare provider to a child age 6 through 12 may qualify if the child does not attend school due to Home Schooling, Home Instruction or is exempted by a school from attending for that year

18.  Childcare provider to your own child if childcare is otherwise unavailable: [Download form]

  • You must be a single adult family.
  • Your child must reside in your apartment.
  • Your child must be age 5 or younger.
  • Your child age 6 through 12 may also qualify if the child does not attend school due to Home Schooling, Home Instruction or is exempted by a school from attending for that year.
  • You must submit a letter from one local Child Care Center, on the Center’s letterhead, stating that appropriate child care is not available. The Child Care Center must be licensed by the NYC Department of Health and be subsidized by NYC.

19.  Childcare provider to your own child :

  • You must be a single adult family.
  • Your child must reside in your apartment.
  • Your child must be age 12 months or younger.
  • You must submit valid proof of the infant’s birth, by providing a
    Birth certificate, and/or
    -Court papers which indicate that the tenant is the birth/natural parent, adoptive parent or court ordered guardian of the infant child.
Community Service Requirement
Community Service Credits
Performing Community Service
Community Service Forms