Public Housing Resident Organizing and Participation Toolkit

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Guide 4: Partnering and Advocacy with the Housing Authority


Public housing residents may want to work with a resident council to get more attentive maintenance, improved safety, clearer communication with property owners, and more responsive programs. Being involved in a resident council is the best way to partner and advocate with the housing authority for the things you care about as a resident.

Key Points

  • Resident councils should regularly assess resident needs through surveys, meetings, and one-on-one conversations
  • Resident councils and housing authorities can build collaborative relationships by meeting regularly, discussing ideas and issues, problem solving, and making decisions together
  • Resident councils and housing authorities can partner through training, the housing authority Annual and 5-Year Plan, use of tenant participation funds, resident management corporations (RMCs), and service programs

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