2/27 Event: Community Conversation on Smoke-Free NYCHA

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1/17 Event: Meet #Team Cumbo at Walt Whitman Houses on Constituent Intake Day

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September-October: Know Your Housing Rights for NYCHA Residents Series


NYCHA Residents, Join the Green City Force

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We are recruiting for both of our signature corps: the Love Where You Live Corps, which trains Corps Members for jobs related to sustainable buildings and communities; and the Urban Farm Corps which trains Corps Members for jobs related to sustainable agriculture. All Corps Members are enrolled in AmeriCorps, and have access as Corps Members and graduates to our full suite of wrap-around services, including career counseling and professional development, and on-site social workers.


To be eligible, applicants must

  • Be 18-24 years old
  • Live in a NYCHA development
  • Have a high school diploma or GED


In addition to referring applicants to us, partners can share the flyer with their listservs, post the flyers in their offices and centers, and help spread the word on social media. If the council member has any upcoming community meetings, that would also be an amazing opportunity to spread the word. We encourage all of the above!

5/19 Event: Pre-K Outreach at Ingersoll, Whitman, & Farragut Houses

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NYCHA’s paid job training, homebuyer seminars, financial workshops, and more!

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:

  • OSHA 10 – Construction Safety
  • Fundamentals of Building Maintenance
  • Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Elements of Electricity & Wiring
  • Intro to Green Products & Processes
  • Introduction to Trade Tools
  • Job Readiness & Life Management Skills
  • And more…

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.


  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License
  • Environmental Remediation Technician (10-hour OSHA, 40-hour HAZWOPER, Asbestos Abatement, Mold Removal)
  • NEW Construction Laborer Training for NYCHA residents (no prior experience required)

Adult education:

  • ABE/HSE (formerly the GED): prepare for the new TASC exam in English or Spanish
  • Computer (MS Office, internet, email)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages

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 nelson.abbott@npower.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:

  • High School Equivalency Prep
  • College Prep
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical E-Records
  • Medical Billing
  • Hospitality Management
  • Security Guard

For more information on applying, and the schedule for enrollment, emailadmissions@beoc.cuny.edu or call 718-802-3330.

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:

  • Live in New York City and be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • 21 years or older
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a drug test and be physically fit (able to lift 70 lbs.)
  • Able to pass a reading and math test at or above the 8th grade level
  • Able to attend class Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Be unemployed, have a low income, or receive public assistance

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