The GOLES Youth Council is a collective of NYCHA residents ages 16-23 who organize around a NYCHA policy entitled Permanent Exclusion (PE). As a result of this policy, NYCHA evicts residents who are arrested for violent crimes.

Permanent Exclusion unduly burdens public housing residents and permanently separates families. Youth are heavily affected by PE because they have extremely limited housing availability and eviction immediately pus them at risk of homelessness. In light of this, GOLES began organizing LES youth around this policy.

Members of the Youth Council have participated in a leadership academy training series; conducted neighborhood outreach; compiled surveys to assess the impact of PE on public housing residents; organized social justice movie nights; and participated in marches; and organized a performance and music event.

To get involved with GOLES’ Youth Council or learn more about Permanent Exclusion , contact Zyiel Baughan at