The role of a resident council is to improve the quality of life and resident satisfaction and participate in self-help initiatives to enable residents to create a positive living environment for families living in public housing. Resident Councils may actively participate through a working partnership with the Housing Authority to advise and assist in all aspects of public housing operations. (24 CFR § 964.100)
The Resident Council membership consists of a democratically elected governing board elected by the voting membership. At a minimum, the governing board should consist of five elected board members. The voting membership must consist of heads of households and other residents at least 18 years of age or older and whose name appears on a lease for the unit in the public housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program that the resident council represents. (24 CFR § 964.115(c)).
The more residents who are informed and involved in the planning process, the better resident needs are served. THA seeks to have a resident council at each of its developments. Resident councils find out what issues are most important to residents at specific sites and developments. They are able to survey residents about site-specific issues related to plans as plans develop. THA's Resident Councils have regularly scheduled meetings and have elected officers to improve their living environment, by virtue of resident self-help activities and to move the business matters of the development. Part of the responsibilities of the Resident Council include organization of action and mobilization to carry out resident involvement for the betterment of their community such as area beautification, establishment and maintenance of community reading rooms, computer labs, resident neighborhood watch and safety programs and resident social gatherings. Through meetings with the Housing Authority's housing operations staff, residents have been able to voice concerns, ideas and solutions. Resident Councils have been instrumental in improving the quality of life for all.
If you are interested in becoming a Resident Council member, please contact the Resident Council members that represent your development or program.