The Formation of a Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
I am pleased to inform you that I have formed a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) as required by the January 31 Agreement. The CAC will consist of invited stakeholders who will provide input on my achieving the purpose of the Agreement that appointed me as the federal Monitor over NYCHA. Read the Agreement here.
The stakeholders who will sit on the CAC will be drawn from NYCHA residents, community organizations, advocacy groups, NYCHA employees and their representatives, elected officials, and others who have a common interest in helping to improve the conditions and services at NYCHA. Instead of meeting quarterly, as suggested by the Agreement, I will convene a CAC meeting every other month and at least once in each borough every 12 months.
CAC meetings will be open to the public and when the day’s agenda concludes all attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of its members.
There are a wide variety of requirements in the Agreement that NYCHA itself will need to meet, and which I am working to see met, all to achieve a singular goal – to improve the living conditions for NYCHA residents and ensure that it can achieve sustained compliance. To that end, the Agreement requires me to convene a CAC whose purpose is to solicit input from the stakeholders regarding the achievement of the Agreement’s purpose. This is why I look forward to hearing from all of you about how we can work together to achieve that goal.
I am continuing to organize conference calls with resident leaders, visit individual developments and attend resident association meetings and meetings with community organizations, for the same purpose as that of the CAC – to solicit feedback and input. So far, my team and I have visited over two dozen developments in all five boroughs and spoke to over 100 Resident Association Presidents, and we will continue to do so throughout the monitorship until we visit every development and speak to every single Association President.
The first CAC meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn.
Very truly yours,
Bart M. Schwartz
Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019
If you plan to attend the CAC meeting in person on behalf of an organization, a city/state/federal agency, department, or an elected official, please email us with your name and the name of the organization or office you are representing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents and resident leaders do not need to RSVP, but are welcome to do so.
Please note that we can only accommodate as many attendees as the space can hold, on a first come first serve basis. The elderly and people with disabilities will be given preference. To that end, if you require an accommodation under The Americans with Disabilities Act or if you do not understand English, please email us or call us at 347.809.5555 with your name and the type of accommodation you would like to receive so that we can work on securing your attendance.
Please continue to check our website for updates about CAC meetings and the ongoing work of the federal Monitor.