Bronx residents living in public housing must perform community service

Under a new policy some Bronx and New York residents living in city housing must perform at least eight hours of community service a month to stay in their homes.

The policy, which the New York City Housing Authority says it tried to fight, went into effect at the start of the new year. Federal law states that all residents living in public housing must perform the community service.

The Housing Authority has created many exemptions to the policy. Criteria such as age, job status and marital status helps determine whether a tenant must perform the community service. Based on the exemptions, official say most residents in city housing will not have to perform any community service.

If residents cannot prove they performed community service at annual reviews, federal law says they can be evicted.

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