Resident Councils are organizations of people living together in a commonplace. Councils represent the interests of those living together and provide a way for residents to have a say in the way their particular housing community is run by providing collective feedback to Housing Authority administration and staff.
The most important defining feature of the Resident Councils is that they are resident- run. That means residents choose the Council’s leaders, run meetings themselves, decide the meeting schedule and who is invited to attend, establish agendas for meetings and decide on the priorities for the Council. Even when residents may need assistance from Housing Authority staff or others in running meetings or organizing Council projects, residents should always govern what is discussed, what decisions the Council makes, and what actions the Council takes.
HATC’s three existing Resident Councils hold meeting periodically, as needed.
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Resources for Residents at HATC Housing Communities
Advocacy is the cornerstone of resident involvement for the families living at one of the Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC) residential communities. Resident participation has the potential to improve the overall management of a property in both quality and cost-effectiveness to protect resident interests, to create community and a social support system on-site, to empower residents as a groups and individually, and give individual residents the opportunity to build marketable skills based on participation.
For these reasons, HATC encourages and supports resident participation. Toward that end, Resident Councils (new page) have been established at three of HATC’s family developments: Alexander Oaks, Eastern Oaks, and Summit Oaks Apartments