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May 2004



ew York City's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is collaborating with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to bring jobs to young residents for the summer, through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). All New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 21 are welcome to apply. Summer workers are needed to work on the grounds of NYCHA developments and as Counselorsin-Training to work at NYCHA Community Centers. Grounds workers will work five days a week for a total of 30 hours, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 3PM, with a one hour lunch break each day. Counselors-in-Training will work Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, also with a one hour, unpaid lunch. You must be 16 or 17 to apply for the counselor positions. All participants will be required to attend 21 hours of educational workshops in workplace readiness, financial literacy, health education, higher education and career exploration. DYCD will pick the program participants through a lottery. The hourly rate is $5.25 for all positions. If you are interested in a summer job though the SYEP, please contact your development's Management Office or Community Center for an application. Applications can also be obtained at NYCHA's Department of Resident Employment Services, 350 Livingston Street, 6th Floor, in Brooklyn. Completed applications must be returned to the Management Office by Friday, June 11, 2004. If you are selected you will need a Social Security Card, proof of age and address, proof of citizenship and if you are between the ages of 14 and 17, an Employment Certificate.


YCHA resident Patricia Ryan (center), a former Tenant Association President of Amsterdam Houses Addition in Manhattan, was one of six honorees to receive an award from the New York City Council on April 28th, for their efforts to preserve affordable housing in New York City. Supporters filled the Council Chambers at City Hall for the event, organized by Council Member Gail A. Brewer (far left) who represents Manhattan's West Side. In introducing Patricia Ryan, Council Member Brewer said, "She provides a great deal of leadership in our community. She is always cheerful, incredibly diligent, and incredibly smart." Ms. Ryan called the award, "an honor." Council Member Brewer presented a picture of the housing market for low-income people in New York City in her opening remarks. "We are a rental city," she said. "Over half-a-million rental households pay more than 50% of their income in rent. The number of units that rent for under $700 is very low -- under 2%. There are 38,000 homeless individuals and families in our city, and the waiting list for public housing and Section 8 is over 275,000." Shown in the picture above, from left to right, are: Council Member Brewer, NYCHA resident Patricia Abelarde, Manhattan Community Operations Director Luis Soler, Ms. Ryan, Resident Association Treasurer Hortense Vidal, and NYCHA resident Muriel Cartier. Also receiving awards were Lee Chong, Co-Chair of the Manhattan Borough President's Mitchell-Lama Taskforce; Stephanie Townsend and Gina Cuevas, Executive Director and Manhattan Coordinator, respectively, of the Citywide Taskforce on Housing Court; Martin Keane, Superintendent of SEIU 32BJ; and the West Side SRO Law Project.


READY TO ROLL Baychester Resident Association President Earnestine Russell-Drumgold sports her new keys, with Volvo For Life Award Judge Caroline Kennedy and President of Volvo North America Vic Doolan at the Times Square Awards Ceremony.

By Deborah Williams ould you imagine owning a Volvo? Could you ever imagine one being delivered to you free of charge? This is exactly what happened to Ms. Earnestine Russell-Drumgold of the Baychester Houses in the Bronx. When Ms. Russell-Drumgold met Ms. Suzanne Dakcock at a grant writing class she could have never guessed the impact that meeting would have. Although 20 years had passed since Ms. Russell-Drumgold


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· New Income Verification Procedure . . . . . . .page 2 · It's Time To Discuss The Annual Plan . . . . .page 4 · Residents Arrested For Fraud In Queens . . .page 5 · Window Guards and Air Conditioners . . . . .page 5

On June 19th, you may look out your window and see a torchbearer running by your development carrying the Olympic Torch. That's right, along with 33 other cities, New York City will have the honor of hosting the first-ever global journey of the Olympic Torch on June 19th. Volunteer and be part of the excitement!

Call 311 or visit

Celebrate Memorial Day

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Message From The Mayor

VOLVO AWARD Changes In Income Review Procedures

(Continued from page 1) founded the Baychester Youth Council, an after-school and evening program at Baychester Houses, it became clear to Ms. Dakcock after Ms. Russell-Drumgold told her about the Council's many success stories, that Ms. Russell-Drumgold was the perfect candidate for a Volvo for Life Award. Unbeknownst to Ms. Russell-Drumgold, Ms. Dakcock nominated her for the award. The Ford Motor Company's Swedish luxury subsidiary created the Volvo For Life Award to pay tribute to the "unsung heroes" -- those individuals like Ms. RussellDrumgold who have put their lives on hold to help others. It all began for Ms. Russell-Drumgold when she noticed that her neighborhood was being drawn into a world of violence and drugs. Ms. Russell-Drumgold quit her job at AT&T and began focusing on ways to improve the quality of life for the youth at Baychester Houses. Using her own savings, she began the Baychester Youth Council. "I started this program with nothing. I used my own money to keep this program afloat. I did it for the children," said Ms Russell-Drumgold. Determined to find a suitable location for the Baychester Youth Council, Ms. Russell-Drumgold reached out to the area middle school principal, who eagerly provided a place for the Baychester Youth Council to meet. Staffed only by herself, and on occasion her husband and three of her four children, Ms. RussellDrumgold started a program that to date has helped over 3,000 children to a better life. "The school sent me some of the toughest and most challenging children and I am proud to say that all the youth who have attended the Baychester Youth Council have graduated from high school, entered a college, entered the armed forces or have gainful employment," said Ms. RussellDrumgold enthusiastically. She recalled the story of one young man in particular who is now employed by a Fortune 500 Company. Over the years the Youth Council expanded, incorporating an evening program for teenagers. With its growing popularity and increase in membership, the Council moved to the Baychester Community Center. There are currently 150 children from PS.112, and 50 children from Middle School 142 in the Youth Council. An additional 100 children are wait-listed for the program and 100 more are expected to enter the summer program. Now, with a staff of 28, Ms. Russell-Drumgold is planning (Continued on page 3)

Direct Third-party Verification

Become A Foster Parent During National Foster Parent Recognition Month

ay is National Foster Care Month and New York City's Foster Parent Recognition Month, during which the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) applauds the thousands of dedicated foster parents who have opened their hearts and homes to vulnerable children. ACS works to acknowledge foster parents every day for their amazing dedication to children in New York City. Today's foster care is better than ever. Now foster children can remain close to their homes, schools, friends, doctors and clergy. Plus supportive services make being a foster parent easier and a more rewarding life experience. However, there is still an urgent need for new foster families, particularly for teens and sibling groups. Foster parenting provides a safe, loving, and nurturing temporary home for children. Most children eventually return home to their birth parents. When children are not able to reunite with their birth parents, adoption by the foster family or another family is the goal. Children in foster care are like all other children in many ways. There are boys and girls, single children and siblings. They range in age from infants to teenagers. Children in foster care come from varied backgrounds and different family situations, but all are in foster care because, in most cases, it has been determined that their home is not a safe or stable environment for them. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) encourages the placement of foster children with qualified residents. Money provided for the care of foster children is not included in the family's projected annual income. When necessary, a commitment letter from a foster care agency will entitle a NYCHA family to be placed on the waiting list for a larger apartment. The transfer will be handled in the same way as a family whose size increased through the birth of a child. Is foster parenting right for you? In general, you can be a foster parent if you are in good health and are at least 21 years old; you can be single or married. You must have your own income and participate in a home assessment which will determine whether there are any safety concerns for a child. Most importantly, you must be able and willing to provide care and guidance on a daily basis to a child in need. All adults in your household will be subject to a criminal background check and a clearance by the State Central Registry for Abuse and Neglect. As a foster parent, you will become a member of a team that is working to ensure the well being of the child. The team consists of the child, the child's family, the agency caseworker, the foster family, and the Family Court. Every month, you will receive a check to cover the costs of raising a child. This includes additional funds for clothing and, for infants, diapers. Medicaid covers the child's medical expenses. There will be opportunities to attend special training sessions throughout the year. Day care, counseling and therapy, and summer camp may be available. ACS also offers support to foster and adoptive families through 15 groups across the city, with the Circle of Support program. These groups provide the opportunity to gain insight from other foster or adoptive parents who may be facing similar challenges. The program enhances the experience of foster and adoptive parents by increasing community support through networking, information sharing and building partnerships. While ACS has made tremendous strides in reducing the number of children entering foster care in New York City, the agency continues to seek stable and loving homes for young people. To find out more about becoming a foster parent, please call 311 from 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday.


n accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is changing its income review procedures. Effective immediately, NYCHA will now verify resident income directly from third-party sources, to the maximum extent possible. This means that the Housing Authority will be contacting all income sources listed on your Annual Income Review form directly to ensure that the information is accurate. In addition to employers, these "third parties" may include the Human Resources Administration and state agencies. HUD may also check its own records to verify Social Security Income benefits.


Authorization In order to do this, NYCHA must first obtain the authorization of every family member in your household who is over the age of 18. Each year, every family member who is over 18 must complete and sign the HUD release, "Form 9886, Authorization for the Release of Information/Privacy Act Notice." Family members with certain sources of income that are not covered by the HUD release (such as interest or dividends) will be required to sign additional Release of Information Forms. In Addition.... All family members 18 years of age or older must complete and sign on a one-time basis the HUD form, Declaration of Section 214 Status, in which the family member certifies that he or she is in the United States lawfully. The parent/guardian must sign for family members under 18 years of age. PLEASE NOTE, ONLY PEOPLE WITH CITIZENSHIP OR ELIGIBLE IMMIGRATION STATUS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A HOUSING SUBSIDY. THEREFORE, IF YOU HAVE PEOPLE LIVING IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD WHO ARE REPORTED AS HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS BUT DO NOT HAVE CITIZENSHIP OR ELIGIBLE IMMIGRATION STATUS, YOUR RENT WILL BE INCREASED. HOWEVER, YOUR TENANCY WILL NOT BE IN JEOPARDY! Income Tax Information For NYCHA to obtain income tax information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), each year all family members 18 years of age or older must complete and sign the Internal Revenue Service "Form 4506T, Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Form." If You Receive Public Assistance... NYCHA now has direct access to the New York City Human Resources Administration's (HRA's) records and will be able to automatically verify benefit status. Accordingly, Public Assistance recipients will no longer be required to verify Public Assistance benefits by obtaining a paper budget letter from HRA. A paper budget letter from HRA (Continued on page 4)


The Housing Authority

years of Public Housing In New York City



Published monthly by the New York City Housing Authority Department of Public and Community Relations 250 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10007 Tel. (212) 306-3322 · Fax (212) 577-1358

Michael R. Bloomberg...........................................Mayor

Tino Hernandez.......................................................................................Chairman Earl Andrews, Jr. ............................................................................Vice-Chairman JoAnna Aniello ...............................................................................Board Member Frank Marín .............................................................................................Secretary Douglas Apple.............................................................................General Manager Sheila Greene..................................Director of Public and Community Relations Howard Marder............................................................Public Information Officer Eileen Elliott .................................................................................................Editor Allan Leicht .........................................................................................Staff Writer Deborah Williams ................................................................................Staff Writer Peter Mikoleski, Kevin Devoe............................................................Photography

Michael R. Bloomberg

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(Continued from page 2) more and more activities. She has brought in a Partners-In-Reading Program, Ping-Pong, karate classes, college prep courses, and coming soon, a new computer class that will bring Internet access to the students. The Baychester Youth Council also has a basketball team that participated in a tournament in Orlando, Florida this month. All 12 team members are expected to receive four-year college scholarships. Her future plans include collaborating with Caroline Kennedy to have medical courses taught at the Baychester Community Center for those interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Ms. Russell-Drumgold has been a resident of Baychester Houses for 29 years and Baychester's Resident Association President for the past 19. It isn't surprising that the "charity of her choice" she chose to give the $50,000 contribution that was part of her Volvo For Life Award, is the Baychester Youth Council. And more new funding offers have come in as a result of the recent media coverage of the April 7th Awards Ceremony at Times Square. As a winner in the "Quality of Life" category for founding the Baychester Youth Council and managing its many activities, Ms. Russell-Drumgold received a Volvo with a three year renewable lease for the rest of her life. Wow! "I didn't know anything about this. One day I answered the phone and it was someone from the Volvo For Life Awards Committee telling me that I had been selected as a finalist. At the ceremony when I was announced as a winner I couldn't believe it!" said Ms. Russell-Drumgold with jubilation. To nominate someone for the Volvo For Life Award, log onto

It's That Time Again... Make Your Voice Heard During the FY2005 Agency Plan Process

ummer is right around the corner, and a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) summer can mean many different things for NYCHA residents. It may mean jobs for young residents through the Summer Youth Employment Program (see page 1); it may mean fun and exercise in NYCHA's sports programs or at our Community Center day camps; or it may mean good food and getting to know your neighbors better during one of the Housing Authority's favorite traditions -- Family Days. Summer also has a more serious meaning for NYCHA residents. It is a time when residents can address NYCHA staff in an open forum to voice their opinions on the important issues facing the Housing Authority in the coming years. In the month of June through early July, NYCHA will hold five town hall meetings on the content of the draft Fiscal Year (FY)2005 Annual Plan and the draft FY2005--FY2009 Five Year Plan, together referred to as the FY2005 Agency Plan. These documents reflect the collaborative efforts of NYCHA's staff and the 54 member Resident Advisory Board (RAB). The RAB comprises 45 elected public housing residents and nine participants from the Section 8 program. These residents are at the core of the planning process. I would like to take this opportunity to let the RAB know that NYCHA is deeply grateful for the many hours of personal time its members have devoted to ensure that the final document, which NYCHA is required by federal law to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), reflects the needs of our residents and the priorities of the Housing Authority. The FY2005 Agency Plan will be available for public inspection beginning the week of May 24th at a number of locations. These include NYCHA's Central Office, 250 Broadway, 12th floor reception area between the hours of 9:30AM and 4:30PM; NYCHA's web site at; at the Management Office of each NYCHA development during regular business hours; and at the Community Centers listed on the Agency Plan Notice on page 4 of this Journal, which also shows the time and location of each meeting. After the town hall meetings, NYCHA will hold a final Public Hearing on July 15th, at the New York Technical College on Jay and Tillary Streets in Brooklyn. I hope to see you there!

Deborah's Diary

By Deborah Williams

Eagle Scout -- During a ceremony held at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church at the intersection of University Avenue and Fordham Road in the Bronx, on April 30, 2004, the son of NYCHA Resident Patrol Supervisor Peter Koch, a long-time resident of Pomonok Houses in Queens, became an Eagle Scout. Seventeen-year-old Kenneth Koch joined the Boy Scouts in 1993, and has risen through the ranks from Tenderfoot Second Class, to First Class Star Life Eagle, and most recently to Eagle Scout. He has achieved one of the Boy Scouts' highest honors. Only 4% of Boy Scouts achieve this rank. Kenneth has acquired a total of 31 badges in a variety of areas, such as cooking, camping, leadership, government, self improvement, and survival. Kenneth has a lot to be proud of because not only has he joined an elite group of Eagle Scouts, that includes astronauts, politicians, corporate executives, and actors, he has gained prestige and status. He is presently assigned to Troop 351, which meets on Friday evenings at the Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church. Kenneth attends the Francis Lewis High School where for the past four years he has been active with the JROTC. He is currently the Battalion Command Sergeant Major which means he is third in command of the Patriot Battalion. His future plans include mastering the culinary arts to become a pastry chef and he has already received an acceptance notification from The French Culinary Institute. Of course Kenneth's plans include acquiring the Boy Scouts' highest rank -- Eagle Palm. Kenneth, with all of your past achievements I know you will succeed in whatever you decide to take on. You are truly a remarkable young man, well deserving of your honors and awards. You have what it takes to be a role model for others. Congratulations! Oh, and I wish you all the best at The French Culinary Institute. Soup's On--Rocky Stella is "Rocky" when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. During 9/11 when everyone was eager to pitch in and lend a helping hand, Rocky Stella of Campos Plaza in Manhattan, with no financial resources other than his own, took on the task of feeding the needy. Now practically three years later, he is running a soup kitchen in Manhattan that feeds at least 100 to 150 persons each day. On March 18, 2001 Rocky Stella took to the streets. He stood on the corner of 13th Street and Avenue B from Monday to Friday with pots in hand, preparing and handing out plates of food to the needy. He remained on that corner gaining popularity for his delicious food until early 2002, when he was approached by Pastor Julio Calcano and his congregation of "El Divino Maestro" Pentecostal Church, who said they thought it would be a great idea to turn the church lunch room into a soup kitchen. Today, with minimal funding and donations, the soup kitchen continues to operate with a staff of four, paid for by the Partnership for the Homeless, and a few volunteers. "We are in dire need of a building and funding," said Mr. Stella. "So far, my personal money and donations from local churches and family members have kept us afloat." Mr. Stella has high hopes of one day securing a building that will house a soup kitchen, medical facility and a shelter for the homeless. If you are ever in need of a meal Mr. Stella encourages you to stop by for some great cuisine. The soup kitchen named Campo Misionero Sarepta, is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM and is located at 250 East 3rd Street in Manhattan. Mr. Stella, I applaud you for your caring and selfless deeds!


Tino Hernandez

THE RESIDENT ADVISORY BOARD posed for this photograph, along with a few staff members, at Central Office on May 5, 2004. The 54 member Resident Advisory Board assists NYCHA with the creation of its Annual Plan, which addresses upcoming management issues. The RAB is made up of 45 public housing and nine Section 8 residents.

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The NYCHA "Not Wanted" List

n this issue we continue our editorial policy of publishing the names of individuals who have been permanently excluded from our public housing developments. Listing the proscribed persons is part of the effort to keep residents informed of NYCHA's ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers in public housing and to allow for the peaceful and safe use of our facilities. Here follows a list of the people excluded after hearings were held on March 6, 12, 19, and 26, and April 2, 2003. REMEMBER, IF YOU SEE ANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS ON HOUSING AUTHORITY PROPERTY, PLEASE CALL YOUR MANAGEMENT OFFICE OR THE POLICE! THIS LISTING IS PROVIDED TO ALL POLICE SERVICE AREAS. March 6, 2004 Ingrid Taylor Case 3232/03 formerly associated with the third floor of 250 West 61st Street, Amsterdam Houses, Manhattan. Eduardo Guzman Case 873/03 formerly associated with the third floor of 124 Bush Street, Red Hook East Houses, Brooklyn. Andrew Jackson Case 881/03 formerly associated with the ninth floor of 29 Avenue W, Marlboro Houses, Brooklyn.


New York City Housing Authority Agency Plan 2005

In accordance with Section 5A of the Housing Act of 1937 as amended, the New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA") has developed a draft annual plan for FY2005 and a draft five year plan covering FY2005-FY2009. The draft plans were developed following weeks of meetings and discussions with the 54 members of the citywide Resident Advisory Board.


Availability of Plan for Public Inspection

The public is advised that the proposed plan will be available for public inspection at NYCHA's principal office, located at 250 Broadway, 12th Floor, Reception Area, New York, starting the week of May 24, 2004 through July 15, 2004 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The Plan will also be available at the following locations: · On NYCHA's webpage, which can be located at · At the Management Office of each NYCHA public housing development during regular business hours. · At the Community Centers listed below during the hours of 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM:

Polo Grounds Community Center 2965 8th Avenue New York, New York Rutgers Community Center 200 Madison Street New York, New York Classic Center at Melrose 286 East 156th Street Bronx, New York Bronx River Community Center 558 East 174th Street Bronx, New York Bland Community Center 133-36 Roosevelt Avenue Flushing, New York Lafayette Gardens Community Center 442 DeKalb Avenue Brooklyn, New York Breukelen Community Center 715 East 105th Street Brooklyn, New York

Prohibited as of March 12, 2003 Ernest Huey Case 924/03 formerly associated with the fourth floor of 1710 Randall Avenue, Soundview Houses, the Bronx. Jose Antonio Case 927/03 formerly associated with 462 Fountain Avenue, East New York City Line Houses, Brooklyn. Robert Gilmore Case 944/03 formerly associated with the sixth floor of 1266 Sutter Avenue, Cypress Hills Houses, Brooklyn. Isiah Sadler Case 999/03 formerly associated with the second floor of 455 Fountain Avenue, Cypress Hills Houses, Brooklyn. Jason Bryant Case 5762/02 formerly associated with the seventh floor of 51-24 Beach Channel Drive, Ocean Bay Apartments, Far Rockaway, New York. Prohibited as of March 19, 2003 Francisco Castro Case 1167/03 formerly associated with the fourth floor of 818 Home Street, Union Avenue Consolidated Houses, the Bronx. George Pagan Case 1158/03 formerly associated with the eighth floor of 443 West 25th Street, Chelsea Elliott Houses, Manhattan. Devine Pringle Case 1299/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 370 Lexington Avenue, Armstrong Houses, Brooklyn. Ryan Downes Case 1300/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 50 Manhattan Avenue, Borinquen Plaza Houses, Brooklyn. Ayesha Carter Case 1297/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 1315 Amsterdam Avenue, Grant Houses, Manhattan. Prohibited as of March 26, 2003 Corey McMillian Case 1398/03 formerly associated with the sixth floor of 245 Wortman Avenue, Linden Houses, Brooklyn. David Valentine Case 1337/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 14-80 Beach Channel Drive, Redfern Houses, Far Rockaway, New York. Leon Eley Case 1338/03 formerly associated with the fourth floor of 1760 Story Avenue, Monroe Houses, the Bronx. Michael Smith Case 90/03 formerly associated with the sixth floor of 60 Baruch Drive, Baruch Houses, Manhattan. Jessie Arriola Case 1483/03 formerly associated with the third floor of 1187 226th Drive, Edenwald Houses, the Bronx. Jason Talavera Case 1490/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 106 Dwight Street, Red Hook West Houses, Brooklyn. Gregory Parker Case 1485/03 formerly associated with the first floor of 3-06 Astoria Blvd., Astoria Houses, Long Island City, New York. Prohibited as of April 2, 2003 Bismillah Duran Case 1519/03 formerly associated with the fifth floor of 2832-36 West 23rd Street, Carey Gardens, Brooklyn. Dimas Perez Case 1561/03 formerly associated with the third floor of 920 Ashford Street, Boulevard Houses, Brooklyn.

Ocean Bay/Bayside Community Ctr. Staten Island Community Operations 57-10 Beach Channel Drive Borough Office Far Rockaway, New York 140 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, New York

Public Comment

NYCHA will hold five Town Hall meetings at which the public is invited to raise questions regarding the draft plan to senior NYCHA officials. These meetings will be held between 6:30 PM ­ 8:00 PM at the dates and locations shown below:

Thursday, June 10, 2004 Manhattan Fashion Institute of Technology Haft Auditorium 7th Avenue & 27th Street New York, New York Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Bronx Classic Center at Melrose 286 E. 156th at Morris Avenue Bronx, New York Tuesday, June 29, 2004 Staten Island IS 49 Dreyfus Intermediate School 101 Warren Street at Gordon Street Staten Island, New York Thursday, June 17, 2004 Queens Elechester Industrial Center 67-35 Parsons Blvd at Jewel Ave Flushing, New York Thursday, July 1, 2004 Brooklyn New York Technical College Klitgord Auditorium 285 Jay Street at Tillary Street Brooklyn, New York

Public Comment:

NYCHA also invites public comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing to be held on Thursday, July 15, 2004, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at: New York Technical College Klitgord Auditorium 285 Jay Street at Tillary Street Brooklyn, New York Each location listed above is both handicapped accessible and can be reached using public transportation. Written comments regarding the draft plan are encouraged. To be considered submissions must be received not later than July 15, 2004. Comments may be sent either through the internet address set out above or via ordinary mail (fax submissions will not be accepted) to the address set forth below: New York City Housing Authority Public Housing Agency Plan Comments Church Street Station, P.O. Box 3422 New York, New York 10008-3422 Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor Tino Hernandez, Chairman

Changes In Income Review Procedures (Continued from page 2)

should only be obtained if NYCHA specifically asks for it, in order to resolve a specific problem. Your Annual Income Review Residents are still required to submit income information and documentation on the Annual Income Review form. This information should include the full name and address of employers and other income sources, for example, pension providers and contributors. Telephone and fax numbers should also be indicated. This information will assist staff in performing the required third party verification. Citizenship Verification On a one-time basis, all family members 18 years of age or older must complete and sign a form declaring whether they are a Citizen or a Non-Citizen with eligible immigration status. A Non-Citizen with eligible immigration status must produce a document proving their status, which NYCHA will verify with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Non-Citizens with eligible immigration status must complete and sign on a one-time basis the HUD form, Eligible Immigration Status Release. A parent or guardian must sign for family members under 18 years of age. Exemptions Family members seeking income exemptions for rent determination purposes will be required to provide Release of Information Forms for third-party verification of the income exemptions. If You Fail To Comply... Failure to comply with the above requirements when requested at the time of income certification may result in a Termination of Tenancy action due to Non-Verifiable Income. Please contact your Housing Assistant if you have any questions.

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Seven Queens Residents Arrested In $131K Housing Fraud

n April 21, New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn announced the arrests of seven current and former New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents for fraudulently receiving more than $131,000 in rent subsidies for apartments in the Borough of Queens. Five of the defendants reside in NYCHA's Redfern, Ocean Bay and South Jamaica Houses, in the Far Rockaway and Jamaica sections of Queens. Defendants Ivette Correa and Gladys Ortega received Section 8 subsidies for apartments located in the Maspeth and St. Albans sections of Queens. Each defendant has been charged with Grand Larceny and Filing False Documents. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in jail. "These defendants have learned the perils of their greedy behavior," said Commissioner Gill Hearn. "Housing scams do not work. DOI investigates these types of cases so that taxpayers' money is not wasted and so that those who need and qualify for affordable public housing will receive it." These arrests are part of an ongoing Citywide crackdown by DOI and New York area prosecutors that have resulted since 1995 in the arrests of 316 residents, including 104 City, State, and Federal employees, who were charged with stealing more than $6.3 million in rent and welfare subsidies by hiding their income and assets from the City. So far, 244 cases have resulted in convictions and over $3.4 million in restitution. Since January 2004 alone, 21 individuals have been arrested for illegally receiving over $385,000 in government housing benefits. Commissioner Gill Hearn thanked NYCHA's Leased Housing and Queens Borough Management Departments for their assistance in the investigations and arrests. These investigations were conducted by DOI Assistant Commissioner and NYCHA Inspector General Steven A. Pasichow and members of his staff. The Office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is prosecuting the cases. Criminal complaints are merely an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. DOI investigates and refers for prosecution City employees and contractors engaged in corrupt or fraudulent activities or unethical conduct. Investigations may involve any agency, officer, elected official or employee of the City, as well as those who do business with or receive benefits from the City. Get the worms out of the Big Apple. To report someone ripping off the City, call 311 or DOI directly at (212) 825-5959.

Window Guards Save Lives!

s the weather gets warmer and people leave their windows open more often it becomes even more important to make sure that window guards are securely in place. The chances of children falling out of windows and being injured or killed increases. Screens are only good for keeping bugs out; they won't prevent your children from falling out of windows. However, window guards can prevent these tragic accidents. The New York City Health Code requires all residential property owners to install window guards without charge in every apartment where children who are 10-years-old or younger reside, or at the request of a tenant, regardless of whether or not a child lives in the apartment. This applies even to ground floor apartments. Please keep in mind that it is illegal to obstruct or interfere with the installation of window guards, and it is also illegal to remove them once they are installed. The New York City Housing Authority's window guards are designed in accordance with Health Department regulations to keep your children safe. Each window guard allows for an opening of only four and one-half (41/2) inches. After a window guard is installed, you will still be able to raise the window enough to allow a flow of fresh air into your apartment. There is one exception to the window guard requirement. Windows that open onto fire escapes should not have window guards so that residents may access the fire escape unimpeded, if necessary. New York City Housing Authority residents receive a notice about window guards each year in their annual review packet. It includes a series of questions concerning children in the apartment and the condition of any pre-existing window guards. Residents may also request the installation of window guards with this form. Please note that you are required by law to fill out this form and return it to your management office. If the form is not returned promptly an inspection of your apartment will follow. Once you request window guards a maintenance worker from your development will determine what size window guard needs to be installed for each window in your apartment. He or she will then properly secure a window guard to the outer window sash using tamper-proof screws.



And if you want to install an air conditioner...

you must first visit your Management Office, request to have your window guard removed and sign an air conditioner agreement form. In addition, special outlets must be installed for all air conditioners -- usually two such outlets will be permitted in each apartment. There are fees associated for outlet installations and electricity usage. Have a great summer and prevent accidental injury or death by making sure that your window guards are safely in place. Remember, window guards save lives!

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If you or anyone in your family is aware of any fraud or corruption committed against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) by any NYCHA employee, contractor, vendor, or tenant, we urge you to call the NYCHA Inspector General (IG) at 212-306-3355. The IG is supervised by the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI). Although the DOI and the IG initiate and develop their own investigations they encourage and rely upon NYCHA employees, tenants, people who do business with NYCHA, and the public at large, to report fraudulent and corrupt activity they see or hear. TO REPORT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION CALL THE IG at 212-306-3355, or DOI at 212-3-NYC-DOI or 212-825-5959.



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