By Yvette brown
The New York City Housing Authority and Citi in partnership with community organizations announced “Doorways to Opportunity,” the first NYCHA resident cooperative with Urban Upbound and a multi-partner initiative that allows public housing residents across New York to gain opportunities in employment as well as, free financial counseling and entrepreneurship training.
Citi invested $1.4 million for “Doorways to Opportunity,” and the programs included will be expanding the place-based economic empowerment and mobility connecting NYCHA residents with high-quality, full-time employment. The services include career counseling, resume and interview development, assessments, connections to training, financial counseling, screening and referral to employment opportunities. The program will also provide NYCHA residents with technology tools and tax and support services.
“NYCHA residents comprise approximately five percent of New York City’s population, about the number of people who reside in all of Boston – the opportunity for outreach and impact is enormous,” said Bob Annibale, global director of Citi Community Development. “By founding this program on cross-sector partnerships, driven by data and designed in response to local demands, ‘Doorways to Opportunity’ can become a replicable model.”
Citi Community Development funded $1.4 million and community organizations such as The Brownsville Partnership with Community Solutions, Food Bank for New York City, Hot Bread Kitchen, University Neighborhood Housing program, CAMBA and Urban Upbound – a non-profit organization that helps connect public housing residents with resources to help them break out of poverty – joined city agencies such as the city’s Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity to create this project to provide NYC’s lowest income residents with opportunities for economic advancement.
With guidance from Urban Upbound, the collaboration for this program has also announced the launch of the first worker cooperative for NYCHA residents called On Point Security to protect and serve the expanding Hallets Point neighborhood.
“OnPoint Security will be the first of several worker owned businesses created by Urban Upbound, with the goal of widespread expansion and replication in other public housing neighborhoods throughout NYC,” said Bishop Mitchell Taylor, co-founder and chief executive of Urban Upbound, in a written statement. “This new concept of ‘Work to Own’ will reshape the model of wealth creation for underserved communities.”
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