Are you an entrepreneur? Do you dream of starting your own home-based business?
NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) can connect residents with entrepreneurial ambitions to partners that can assist with the various aspects of launching and operating a business.
But first, you need to make sure that the type of business you want to launch can be run out of a NYCHA apartment. For instance, businesses that are illegal, make the apartment uninhabitable, involve food/beverage preparation or sale in the apartment, disturb other residents, involve heavy machinery or hazardous materials, or consume excessive amounts of utilities like electricity, water, or gas (e.g., hair salons) are not allowed. Also, the apartment must continue to be used primarily as a residence. Residents are responsible for obtaining all licenses, permits, and insurance needed to operate a business and for making sure that the business complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Get started by filling out the Home-Based Business Checklist on the REES website.
After completing the checklist, register for an upcoming REES information session or resident business development orientation by calling REES at 718-289-8100 or visiting www.opportunitynycha.org.