Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) supports residents to increase their income and assets through programs, policies, and partnerships. REES focuses on connecting residents to services and opportunities through partnerships.
Conventional public housing residents and Section 8 residents on the lease are eligible for REES services. Here are some examples of REES services offered to NYCHA residents:
- Connect to economic opportunities close to home, like hiring events or upcoming training opportunities
- Learn about Section 3 and other job opportunities
- Enroll in adult education programs
- Take advantage of various NYCHA rent incentives programs
- Improve credit or address debt through financial empowerment services
- Learn how to start or grow a business
REES works to connect any interested NYCHA resident with services through our partners. Please visit our Programs Near Me page to learn more about our partners and their eligibility requirements. You can also visit the Events Calendar to browse for upcoming recruitment activities.
Organizations that want to partner with REES in a particular part of the city submit an application to be a Zone Partner. When selecting a Zone Partner, REES looks for organizations that offer high-quality service and are committed to supporting NYCHA residents. Please visit our Programs Near Me page to find REES Zone Partners near you.
Section 3 is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandate that requires employment and other economic opportunities that are a result of federal assistance to public housing authorities to be directed, whenever possible, to public housing residents and other low and very low income residents. REES works to connect residents to Section 3 jobs as they become available. Please visit our Section 3 page and register your interest in Section 3 employment online or come to a REES Information Session to learn about current Section 3 employment opportunities.
Not necessarily. While an increase in income normally results in your rent going up, qualifying NYCHA residents can delay rent increases by participating in the Earned Income Disallowance (EID). Please visit our Rent Incentives page to learn more about the EID.
Jobs-Plus is an employment program that helps eligible NYCHA residents to get work and increase their earnings. Jobs-Plus programs presently serve select NYCHA developments. To learn more about the Jobs-Plus approach and to find out if there is a program available at your development, please visit our Jobs-Plus page.