Resident Leaders from each of HACA's public housing communities recently came together at the agency's Central Office for an inaugural Citywide Strategic Planning Session.
The one-day workshop consisted of the Citywide Advisory Board Executive Team, Resident Council presidents and vice presidents. The day was filled with lively conversations and interactive activities culminating in the identification of three strategic priorities: safety, resident engagement and connection to resources. The team will work together to address these topics over the next three years.
"We had a really nice strategic planning meeting. I think we had everybody but one group who couldn't come, and I think it was very successful," said Georgian Manor resident Rachel Martinez. "I truly love it because I think we're going to do some better work."
The meeting was organized by Community Development staff and facilitated by Vanessa Sarria with Cardea Services and Grants Manager Linelle Clark-Brown.
Resident Councils at all 18 of HACA's properties have officers and board members who are elected by their peers. They include a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
Although each Resident Council is unique, most meet monthly to discuss needed property improvements, organize social events, participate in safety and security programs, and help with senior and youth activities. Some Resident Councils have a welcoming committee for new residents and others produce a resident newsletter.
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