NYC Public Housing Saturation

There are nearly one million residents in 334 NYCHA Communities (NYC Housing Authority). Often because of gang violence and poverty which naturally occurs when there are high concentrations of single parent homes, churches avoid these neighborhoods. Jesus, however went straight into Samaria – a town of similar reputation.

He had an appointment at a well with His beloved daughter. We have many appointments to keep in the Samaria’s of our city. Saturate NYC, Urban Hope NYC, Metro World Child and Young Life are happy to partner with local churches in this movement to bring the love of Christ to our neighbors in distress.

We are seeking 334 churches to come alongside the NYCHA communities of our city to bring the hope, love and healing of the Gospel in word and deed. Everywhere a caring church begins to minister in these communities, the murders slow and stop and the healing begins. Check out our “NYC Public Housing Toolkit” for creative ideas and easy on-ramps to begin.
For more about God’s heart to reach our Samaria’s. we recommend: Samaria, The Great Omission by David Beidel



2. Prayerfully choose your “Samaria.”

3. Pray big prayers over a local NYC Public Housing Development or a similarly challenged neighborhood.

4. Get your people praying big prayers for:
a. Favor with the administration
b. Favor with the neighbors
c. Relationships with key leaders/gate keepers/unofficial community mayors.
d. Samaria Missionaries from the church
e. Any names of residents you already know.

5. Get a prayer band to prayer walk through the community on a regular basis.

6. Find a way to connect with the community:
a. If you near a community that Metro World Child ministers to, they are strong partners with Saturate. Do whatever you can to work in tandem with them.

    • ii. By financially supporting them.
    • iii. By assisting their outreach events.
    • iv. You can bring coffee for the parents and connect with them while Metro is doing their kids program.
    • v. You can set up a book table, offering free literature.
    • vi. You can offer to pray for the parents and their family.
    • vii. The best thing you can do for Metro is help them with their follow up visitation.
    b. If you are reaching out to a housing complex of any kind, introduce yourself to the Building Manager and the Tenant Association President (most will have an office). Tell them you would love to help them bless the community. Ask them to give you some suggestions that would meet a need in the neighborhood.
    c. Establish a visitation team for each building or high rise the development.
    • i. As soon as you have one team, begin by adopting one building. Visit two to three floors a week or every two weeks.
    • ii. “Hi, I’m from a church nearby, I wanted to know if I could pray for you and your family?”
    • iii. We often go with free books, children’s books and tracts that are available at little or no cost.
    • iv. Make a prayer and contact notebook that will help you to remember addresses, names, phone numbers, and prayer requests. The more detailed your notebook the more capable you will be to minister effectively.
    d. A Family Festival for the community is always a win.
    e. Community Beautification in which you involve the Tenant Association and concerned families is even better because it builds deeper relationships and a sense of dignity.

    7. Develop an after school program in the Community Center or a nearby facility.

    a. CEF is more than willing to assist you in launching a once a week Kid’s Bible Klub.

    8. What’s in your hand Moses?
    • i. If you have people who are good at Arts and Crafts,Sports, Music, Step Dance, Cooking, Gardening. Any and all of the above make for a great after school club.
    b. Engage some of your Youth Group kids to help, it will be a rite of passage for them. We call them “Street Leaders” it gives them hands on real ministry experience.

    9. Pray about doing a one week Vacation Bible School for the community.

    10. If you have the staff to put together a Basketball League for the disconnected youth of these communities, this is one of the most effective ways to reach, evangelize and disciple the 13-18 age group. Our partners “Street to Street” and “New Life 4SI Basketball League” can help get you started.

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