Keith Kayden by Destiny Mata
These Are Our Beautiful Stories: Photographer Destiny Mata Portrays Life at Wald Houses

Wald Houses resident Destiny Mata is a professional freelance photographer who’s capturing the lives and stories of her neighbors through her camera’s lens. She spoke with the Journal about her path to becoming a photographer and what inspires her as a documentarian and artist.


Cleaning Up Butler Together

At Butler Houses in the Bronx, household garbage left in the entranceways and on the sidewalks had become a major problem.


Diana Blackwell
Meet the “Mayor of Harlem”

RA President Spends Her Days and Nights Boosting Neighbors’ Quality of Life


Latrice Walker
The Gift of NYCHA

Assembly Member Latrice Walker Is Giving Back

The seeds for Assembly Member Latrice Walker’s service to her community were planted early on when her family was relocated from Prospect Plaza to Glenmore Houses.


Artists from Tompkins Houses
Painted Poetry
Over several months this year, about 150 young NYCHA residents created 15 stunning murals at five developments, one in each borough (Castle Hi

Jeffrey Levine
Former NYCHA Resident Donates $100,000 to Fund for Public Housing

Over the next 10 years, Jeffrey Levine, former Linden Houses resident, will provide $100,000 to The Fund for the Levine Family Scholarship, an annual award of up to 10 $1,000 scholarships to NYCHA residents enrolled at City College.


A True Hero: Caretaker Rescues Family from Fire

On August 10, the Claremont Community Center in the Bronx hosted a ceremony for local hero Ivan Maestre, who grew up in Saint Mary’s Park Houses.


Landscapes of Resilience

Gardening for Good at Beach 41st Street Houses


Mekel Bennet
Cleaning His Way to the Top

Mekel Bennett has always been an entrepreneur. As a little boy, he sold lemonade, iced tea, and Kool-Aid at a stand.


Bianca Jeannot and her brothers Paul Santos, left, and Michael Jeannot, right_credit Bianca Jeannot.jpg
Recent College Grad Inspires All

Overcoming Obstacles and Putting Her Family First



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