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Guide 5: Resident Advisory Boards and the Housing Authority Plan Process

Overview

Housing authorities are required to develop an Annual and Five-Year Plan, detailing their mission and goals as well as planned activities, programs, and policy updates to achieve the goals.

A Resident Advisory Board (RAB) is a group of residents that participates in the Plan process. The housing authority must consider the recommendations of the RAB(s) and make revisions that it deems appropriate to the Plan.

Key Points

  • Resident participation in the Plan process is critical since it outlines the housing authority rules, policies, and programs directly affecting residents
  • A Resident Advisory Board (RAB) is a group of residents that participates in the Plan process
  • Resident councils and jurisdiction-wide resident councils have the right to select members for the RAB
  • The housing authority must consider the recommendations of the RAB(s) and make revisions that it deems appropriate to drafts or to the Plan

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