Free Tax Prep for New Yorkers Earning $54,000 or Less
Take Advantage of Virtual VITA Today!

Many tax sites promise fast filing and instant refunds. Yet users often find that they are paying more than they thought for service and getting less in return. To ensure that you get the most from tax credits and refunds, NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) is once again offering the Virtual… MORE

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Kickstart Your Career
Get Career Counseling from HR Experts

Employees seeking a new position or promotion at NYCHA can now receive individualized career counseling from an HR expert. This new service, launched January 2, provides a one-on-one assessment session covering: civil service examinations; occupational groupings; civil service titles and classification; appointment status; training and development; and promotions and other advancement opportunities. Employees can also… MORE

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Apply Now for the 2018 Hayes Prize
Awards up to $15,000 for Innovation in City Government

The annual Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize recognizes individual City employees or teams of employees who develop or enhance innovative programs, processes, or technologies that significantly improve service delivery to the public. In partnership with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), this year the prize will award up to $7,500 to an individual or up… MORE

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Groundbreaking Legislation Provides Paid Safe Leave to Victims of Violence
First Law of Its Kind in the Nation to Take Effect in May 2018

On November 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that expands paid leave to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking survivors. This new law will allow the nearly 3 million New Yorkers eligible for paid leave to attend to immediate safety needs without fear of penalty or loss of income. “No New Yorker should… MORE

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Calling All NYCHA Actors!
Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute Scholarship Competition for Actors and Actresses

Calling all NYCHA residents who love acting! The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is offering two 12-week acting scholarships to qualified residents of the New York City Housing Authority. To participate, you must be at least 6 years of age and must audition and be interviewed. From October 31, 2017, to January 12, 2018, auditions will… MORE

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Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program

Submit your application now for the Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Last year, more than 80 City employees received full and partial scholarships for graduate study in a variety of fields, including computer science, education, business, and public administration. For application materials and additional information, including participating schools and eligible degree… MORE

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National Preparedness Month: Financial Preparedness

Having access to financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for recovering quickly and efficiently from a disaster or other emergency. Take these steps to safeguard your records and get some peace of mind, even in an emergency: Collect and secure critical personal and household information and records now, before an emergency. Consider saving… MORE

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Learn about the CUNY/DCAS Public Administration Program

For nearly a decade, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and CUNY’s Murphy Institute have partnered with participating unions to provide City employees with the CUNY/DCAS Public Administration program, for both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Whether you are interested in advancing your career, debating new ideas, or preparing to become a leader in… MORE

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Preparing for a Hurricane

Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Many NYCHA residents are familiar with this fact: Nearly five years later, we are still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy,  the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an… MORE

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Advance Your Career at CUNY’s Murphy Institute

Applications for the fall 2017 semester of the City University of New York/Department of Citywide Administrative Services (CUNY/DCAS) Public Administration program are now being accepted. Offered in partnership with participating unions, the innovative degree and credit-bearing certificate programs on both the undergraduate and graduate levels prepare City employees to deliver effective services to residents of… MORE

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Free Financial Planning Seminars

The NYC Office of Labor Relations offers a variety of free financial planning seminars that are presented by certified financial planners. Seminars are available on the following topics: College Planning Deferred Compensation Plan Basics Distribution Planning Estate Planning Health Benefits for Active NYC Employees Insurance Planning Retirement Planning Social Security & Medicare Tax Planning For… MORE

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Keep Track of Your Retirement Future
Open a free, online Social Security account

Social Security is a critical part of your retirement income. The guaranteed monthly payments your contributions bring will help ensure your financial security and freedom to enjoy your leisure years. You can now keep track of this vital resource by opening a free, online Social Security account. All you need to access Social Security’s many… MORE

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National Retirement Planning Week

Have you begun planning for your retirement? This year, National Retirement Planning Week will be celebrated from April 3–7. One-third of American workers have no retirement savings plan besides Social Security. Fortunately, NYCHA and other City employees can become members of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), the largest municipal public employee retirement… MORE

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Feeling Stressed? Resources for City Employees
A message from the City of New York:

Many New Yorkers may be feeling distressed or vulnerable following the election results. We have seen the concerns expressed on social media, and we are monitoring them closely. In light of these concerns, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and Thrive NYC have partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs,… MORE

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The IT Knowledge Base Is Here

The Information Technology Department is pleased to announce the release of the IT Knowledge Base, an online repository where you can find helpful information about the following: • Siebel (for ATAD and Leased Housing, Property Management, Customer Contact Center, REES, and Emergency Services); • Maximo (for development staff , Emergency Services, Tech Services, Elevator Services,… MORE

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ATLS Transfer Period Is Coming for Teamsters

This year’s application filing period for the Automated Transfer List System (ATLS) for employees in Teamsters-represented titles will end on December 9, 2016. Once a year, eligible employees are allowed to select up to six locations in ATLS to which they would like to transfer. Human Resources’ Employment Division implements the lateral transfers by accessing… MORE

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Free Financial Planning

The NYC Office of Labor Relations offers a variety of financial planning seminars which are presented by Certified Financial Planners. Seminars are available for the below topics. For more information on these seminars or to attend a seminar, you must register at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/financialplanning/financial-planning-seminars.page. Topics include: Basics of Diversified Investing College Planning Deferred Compensation Plan Basics… MORE

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Retiring within the Next Six Months?

Employees nearing retirement can find information on how health insurance benefits will change by viewing a two-part video found at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/healthvideos/health-video-transition-seminar-pt1.page for part 1 and http://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/health/healthvideos/health-video-transition-seminar-pt2.page for part two. The videos areabout five minutes and four minutes long, respectively. While the videos answer many questions, individual issues can best be addressed at a one-on-one Transitioning… MORE

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Right-Sizing Extends the Benefits of Public Housing to More New Yorkers

During the week of April 18, NYCHA sent letters to more than 1,500 residents in extremely under-occupied apartments, launching a major right-sizing initiative to “[free] up currently underoccupied units for larger households in need”—as outlined in the NextGeneration NYCHA 10- year strategic plan. “We understand that moving can be difficult under any circumstance,” said Management… MORE

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NYCHA’s First-Ever Sustainability Agenda

NYCHA released our first-ever comprehensive agenda for healthy and energy-efficient public housing on April 21. The NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda expresses the Authority’s commitment to create “healthy and comfortable homes that will withstand the challenge of climate change.” The agenda also provides for NYCHA’s compliance with the City’s greening and sustainability initiative by achieving a… MORE

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Executive Support Staff Train to Plan More Effective Meetings

Executive Assistants and other support staff who help manage the day-to-day operations of their departments attended professional development training sessions in the executive Board Room on April 4. The training introduced staff, who also work closely with Executive team members, to some of the same strategies for planning effective meetings that were introduced to senior… MORE

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Construction Group’s Quarterly Meeting Stresses Safety

The Capital Projects Division’s Construction Group held its staff meeting for the second quarter of 2016 in the Ceremonial Room on April 4. More than 80 project managers, assistant project managers, construction managers, and construction field supervisors from CPD’s largest unit were in attendance. During the one-hour session, Director of Construction Patricia Zander emphasized the… MORE

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Interpretation and Translation Requests

In an effort to provide continued support to all NYCHA departments that may respond to various requests for language services assistance, the Department of Communications created a dedicated e-mail address to handle requests for interpretation, translation, and American Sign Language assistance from the Language Services Unit. Requests for assistance should be directed to LanguageServices@nycha.nyc. gov.… MORE

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Free or Inexpensive Spay or Neuter Services for Public Housing Residents and Section 8 Renters

Free or low-cost spay and neuter services are available for your dog or cat, through the City’s Animal Population Control Program. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has partnered with the ASPCA to provide the services for free to public housing residents and Section 8 renters in Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island. In… MORE

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Still Smoking and Want to Quit?

All New York City government employees are eligible for free support and services to stop smoking through New York City’s ESCAPE program. Smoking cessation support includes recommendations on the best approaches, counseling, and/or medications. The program is a personalized and confidential service to meet every individual’s needs. Smoking is the nation’s leading cause of preventable… MORE

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Ethics Inquiries Phone Numbers

The holiday season can bring job-related questions about receiving gifts or other gratuities. Employees may obtain confidential information concerning potential conflicts of interest matters from NYCHA’s Law Department. Questions regarding public servants’ obligations under the NYC Conflicts of Interest Law may be directed to a NYCHA agency attorney at: (212) 306-3355. Employees, who may remain… MORE

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Municipal Credit Union College Scholarship

The Municipal Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Scholarship Program. This year, MCU will award $66,000 in scholarship grants to college-bound high school seniors, including eight memorial scholarships worth $45,000 each and thirteen grants of $2,000 each, respectively. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Eligibility for participation in the program… MORE

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Free IT Job Training Courses

Per Scholas is offering free IT job training courses for NYCHA residents and community members (including NYCHA employees) interested in receiving their CompTIA A+and MCTS certifications. CompTIA A+ is an entrylevel computer certification for PC computer service technicians. The exam is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining,… MORE

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Summer Attire

Employees who serve in titles which require uniforms must wear them during work hours. All other employees are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a business environment. All clothing worn during business hours should be neat and clean in appearance. Extremely informal and/ or clothing that reveals your cleavage, back, stomach… MORE

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You’ll Want to Get an IDNYC Card

If you think that IDNYC—the City’s government-issued identification card—is only valuable to people without government-issued photo IDs, think again. In addition to providing legal identification and access to City services, IDNYC brings many other advantages. Free, one-year memberships at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center,… MORE

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