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NYCHA Health Corps

About the NYCHA Health Corps

Do you want to make a positive impact in your community? Are you interested in a career in public health? NYCHA Health Corps is a new and exciting Public Health AmeriCorps program administered by NYC Service in close partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), in which NYCHA residents are recruited to serve full-time, pending federal grant, at community-based nonprofits and public agencies for 10 months from September 2024 to June 2025.

Applications now open through JULY 14th! Sign up for an information session

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Have questions? Send us an email at or call our AmeriCorps line at 212-788-7550. 

Program Objectives 

NYCHA Health Corps will provide an opportunity for NYCHA residents to receive training and work experience in areas that promote health and wellness. Each NYCHA Health Corps member’s role serves to support health and community partners in expanding their focus in interventions that advance equitable health outcomes across public housing developments. By leveraging the national AmeriCorps model centered on leadership development and public service, members add value to organization priorities, goals, and initiatives, and support in delivering vital resources or programming to more NYCHA residents. 

AmeriCorps members bridge divides by bringing people together: connecting individuals and organizations to help local communities tackle their toughest challenges. Put your values and goals into action to make a difference where the need is greatest. Join over 3,000 diverse AmeriCorps members across the five boroughs who use their compassion, determination, and creativity to help strengthen their communities and the city. 

The twin objectives of the NYCHA Health Corps program are to: 

  1. Support health and community partners in expanding their focus in interventions that advance equitable health outcomes across public housing developments. 
  2. Create pathways for NYCHA residents into public health related careers. 

NYCHA Health Corps Application Process 

Step 1: Attend an Info Session

Step 2:Submit Application

When you request an application, you will receive a link that will allow you to save your progress and return to your application later 

In the application, you will be able to indicate up to 3 of your top choices from the positions listed below. 

Note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the application period

Step 3:Complete Phone Screen

An NYC staff member will review your application and you will be notified whether you have been selected to move forward to a phone screen. 

The phone screen will last approximately 25 minutes and is an initial interview to determine if you are a fit for our AmeriCorps programs. Phone screens are not specific to the positions you expressed interest in on your application. 

Step 4:Interview with Host Site

After you have participated in a phone screen, you will be notified within 2-3 weeks whether you have been selected to move forward with an interview at a host site. 

If you have been selected for an interview, the host site will reach out to coordinate the interview with you. Interviews will be conducted by either phone call or video chat. Not in person. This is the time to ask detailed questions regarding onsite tasks and schedules. 

You may be selected to interview for up to 3 positions based on the preferences indicated in your application. 

Step 5:Offers Made

If the supervisor you interviewed with would like to offer you the position, you will be notified within 3 weeks from your interview. An NYC Service staff member will extend the offer to you, and you will have 2 business days to either accept or decline. 

If you do not accept or decline the offer within 2 business days, the offer will be sent to another candidate.   

Step 6:Candidate Onboarding 

Once an applicant has accepted the position, NYC Service will begin the onboarding process that entails agreeing and undergoing a Criminal Background Check, in addition to the signing of the member contract agreement. Additional documentation will be required during this onboarding period such as proof of citizenship status, a minimum high school diploma or its equivalent and more. 


NYCHA Health Corps Member Benefits 

  • Living allowance of up to $23,800 (pre-tax) distributed evenly throughout the term 
  • Members receive a MetroCard for commuting to and from service (if applicable) 
  • Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, valued at $5,176.50 upon successful program completion 
  • Nonprofit, City Agency, and AmeriCorps exposure 
  • Over 200 hours of Learning and Professional Development 
  • Access to the online Cornell University Public Health Essentials Certificate (Valued at $3,600) 
  • Loan Forbearance and interest accrued paid on qualified student loans upon successful completion of the program 
  • Childcare Assistance by AmeriCorps (if eligible) 
  • Health Coverage (no premium or monthly enrollment fees, doesn’t include vision or dental) 
  • 15 Days of Paid Time Off (PTO), in addition to federally recognized calendar holidays

 NYCHA Health Corps Member Requirements 

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States 
  • Must be an authorized resident of a NYCHA development or NYCHA Section 8 
  • Have successfully obtained a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to the start of the program 
  • Must be 18 years or older by the start date of the program 
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check if the offer is accepted by the applicant 
  • Ability to serve full-time for the entire program term (generally M-F 9 AM - 5 PM) 
  • A strong motivation for making a positive difference in NYC and NYCHA communities 
  • Willingness to learn new skills and improve upon existing ones 
  • Must complete a total of 1,200 hours from September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 

To find out more regarding information sessions or if you have any additional questions throughout the application process, please reach out to the NYCHA Health Corps Recruitment Team at

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy. The Adams Administration values diversity — in backgrounds and in experiences that is reflective of the city it serves. Applicants of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged and welcomed to apply. 

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