NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) connects residents to economic opportunity services through partnerships with local and citywide organizations.
Here are some upcoming opportunities:
Green City Force Recruitment Event – LAST SESSION OF THE YEAR!
Green City Force is recruiting NYCHA residents ages 18-24 for its PAID college prep and “green” industry job training program. Applicants must have a high school diploma/GED and not be enrolled in college for 2015-2016.
Monday, December 28 at 11:00 a.m.
REES Central Office, 787 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11238
CUNY’s Green Maintenance Training Program
Green Maintenance for Buildings is a FREE, full-time, 9-week training program that fosters entry-level skills for work as a janitor, custodian, or porter in residential and commercial buildings. High school diploma/GED is not required. Job placement assistance is provided, and classes include:
Tuesday, December 29 and January 5 at 10:00 a.m.
City Tech, 25 Chapel St., 4th Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11201
First-Time Homebuyer Seminar
Brooklyn NYCHA residents: Get answers to your questions about buying a home at this FREE seminar sponsored by Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union. Qualify for the HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance program with a First-time Homebuyers Certificate (attendance on both days is required). Refreshments provided!
Saturdays, January 23 and 30 at 10:00 a.m.
Macon Library, 316 Lewis Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11233
“Getting Ahead” Free Personal Finance Class
Sponsored by University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP), the workshop’s classes meet for two hours each week for five consecutive weeks. Residents who complete all five can access services from Neighborhood Trust’s network of community partners. Call 718-933-2539 to RSVP!
Starting Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.
UNHP, 2751 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468
Earn your Personal Finance Class now!
Attend the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center’s (MEOC) info session on Tuesday, December 29 at 11am or 4pm to find out how it can help you pass the TASC high school equivalency test. You can also learn about MEOC’s upcoming classes and programs, such as College Prep, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Microsoft Office, Certified Nursing Assistant, Electronic Health Records, Civil Service Exam Prep, and Security Officer Training. For eligibility info, click here.
Take note that if you took the GED test between 2002 and 2013, your passing score of 410 or higher is still valid and can be used to earn your High School Equivalency Diploma.
FREE Job Training/Job Placement Assistance and Adult Education
St. Nicks Alliance’s job training and adult education classes for ages 21+ can help you get the credentials you need to advance your career. All training involves job placement assistance upon completion, and the open enrollment adult education classes are held in the daytime or evening. Call 718-302-2057 ext. 235 to learn more.
IT Training for Young Adults
NPower is recruiting for its intensive, 22-week IT training program for underserved young adults who’ve earned a high school diploma or equivalency. Morning or afternoon classes are offered at multiple locations. For more information about starting your well-paying career, click here or contact Nelson Abbott at 347-415-8832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Employment and Education Services
The Isaacs Center helps residents ages 16-24 who are unemployed or underemployed and not currently in school get a job that leads to a career. Services include career counseling, soft skills training, and high school equivalency classes. For more information about applying for the cycle that begins January 6, contact Gina Altano at 212-360-7625 ext.217 or Galtano@Isaacscenter.org.
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center (Youth Center)
1792 First Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Financial Management Workshops
Wealth Building Tuesdays at Restoration Plaza is offering interactive financial management workshops for new parents on topics such as discussing and managing family expenses, instilling good financial habits in children, and getting informed about college funds. To learn more, visit Financial Headstart – December Series.
Earn your high school equivalency (HSE)!
Henry Street Settlement offers two different levels of HSE exam prep classes for students ages 18+, with free evening classes in all subjects (reading, reading comprehension, math, science, and social studies). Call 212-478-5400 to schedule the required assessment test.
The Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center’s (BEOC) TUITION-FREE Spring 2016 Classes
BEOC offers tuition-free academic and career training programs, in areas such as:
Become a Network Cable Technician
Brooklyn Networks is recruiting for its 6-week, intensive, hands-on training program for a career in the field of network cable installation.
To be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:
Individuals with criminal convictions are encouraged to apply. Learn more at orientations held every Tuesday at 10:00 am at Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn). No one is admitted after the start time. A reading and math test will be administered. For more information, contact KenTara John at 718-237-2017 x 149 or Kjohn@bwiny.org.
The University Neighborhood Housing Program is offering one-on-one home-buyer sessions. Meet with a HUD-certified home-buyer counselor to learn about grants, mortgage qualifications, and low-cost programs at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center (2715 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, NY 10458). Call 718-933-2539 or visit www.unhp.org to make an appointment.
FREE Tax Prep Services
For the third year in a row, REES is partnering with Food Bank For New York City to offer free tax prep services for NYCHA residents and Section 8 voucher holders. Services will be available at select NYCHA community centers late January 2016 through mid-April 2016. Food Bank’s IRS-certified and trained volunteers will maximize your refund and protect your data. Every tax return receives a complete quality review before final submission, and year-round audit assistance is provided if needed. For more information, visit www.OpportunityNYCHA.org/taxprep.
Need Help with Your Business? Tell Us How…
Two years ago, resident business owners told us what they needed to grow or jump-start their businesses. As a result of that survey, we attracted over one million dollars in resources that have helped launch about 50 businesses and provide assistance to 20 existing businesses, through the Food Business Pathways program and mentoring from the International Coach Federation. We want to hear from you to gather more info that will
further support NYCHA’s entrepreneurs. Click here to complete a confidential survey and tell us what you need to build your business and live your dream.
Credit Awareness Survey
Did you know that it is now illegal for employers in New York City to use credit history as a basis for making certain hiring decisions? Having good credit is important, but it should not stand in the way of your next job opportunity. Has your credit history prevented you from accessing opportunities? How would you rate your credit? Please take a few minutes to complete our Credit Awareness Survey. Anyone who takes the survey and participates in our focus group discussion will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 deposit into an Urban Upbound credit union savings account. Click here to take the survey
As mandated by NYC, building owners are legally required to provide heat and hot water to their tenants. Hot water must be provided 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat must be provided between October 1st and May 31st, i.e. “Heat Season,” under the following conditions:
If you see or experience any heat or hot water violations, HPD can seek the following penalties and fees:
Saturday, August 1
Open Saturdays Year Round
Market Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
EBT/Debit/Credit accepted: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn [map]
Northwest corner of Prospect Park
Saturday, August 1
Conrad McRae Youth League Family Day
12PM – 6PM
Join the Brooklyn community for Conrad McRae Family Day this Saturday for competition on and off the court.
Saturday, August 1
Target First Saturdays: Caribbean Heritage
5PM – 10PM
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, August 9
NYC Safe Disposal Event – Brooklyn
10AM – 4PM (rain or shine)
Brooklyn Prospect Park, Park Circle Corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW Cars enter along Parkside Ave from Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd
Washington Avenue Rocks Street Fair
Sunday, August 16
12PM – 6PM
Washington Avenue (between Prospect Place and St Marks Avenue) Brooklyn, NY
AFROPUNK 2015 is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, also known as City Park, for a weekend of live music, vibrant art and good vibes on August 22nd and 23rd. http://www.afropunkfest.com/
The New York City Housing Authority will host a Next Generation Affordable Housing RFP Pre-submission Bidders’ Conference on Friday, July 17 at 10AM. It will take place at 90 Church Street, 5th Floor Ceremonial Room, New York, NY. Please RSVP via email: NextGenNYCHARFP@nycha.nyc.gov.
Enclosed is the NYCHA Request for Proposals in regards to Affordable Housing for Next Generation NYCHA sites in the Bronx and Brooklyn issued on July 1, 2015. The proposal due date is September 30, 2015.