A tenant association is made up of the residents that live at a housing site who come together to work toward the betterment of their community – which includes the site where they live and the community as a whole.
HUD regulations make it very clear that “HUD promotes resident participation and the active involvement of residents in all aspects of a housing authority’s mission and operation. Residents have a right to organize and elect a resident council to represent their interests. As long as proper procedures are followed, the Housing Authority shall recognize the duly elected resident council to participate fully through a working relationship with the Housing Authority. HUD encourages Housing Authorities and residents to work together to determine the most appropriate ways to foster constructive relationships, particularly through duly-elected resident councils.”
By joining with your neighbors in a tenant association, you have a chance to meet new friends, attend various functions such as dinners, card playing, dances, cookouts, movies, etc., and also to keep informed as to what may be happening with WHA or HUD which could affect you as a WHA tenant.
Give your tenant association a try – dues are small, meetings are few and the work involved can be very beneficial and satisfying!
Becoming a member is up to each individual tenant, but they must be in good standing with the WHA (rent paid up for example) in order to run for and hold an office within the association.