The Resident Advisory Board (RAB) broadly represents the interests of residents and clients served by all HUD-funded programs administered by HACM. The RAB was formed and began meeting late in 1999 following the passage of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA). The RAB includes representatives from low rent public housing and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (Rent Assistance) programs. Representatives to the first RAB were selected based upon their willingness to volunteer and to commit to meeting at least once per month each year. Selections were also made to allow balance in the membership between high-rise buildings, family developments, Scattered Sites and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Openings on the RAB are posted at all program sites and residents may apply. Applicants are evaluated for their interest, commitment, and current service to their community.
The RAB functions in an advisory capacity to Housing Authority staff and the Board of Commissioners. The RAB reviews HACM’s proposed Agency Plan and 5-year Capital Improvements Plan and RAB comments must be incorporated into policy actions taken by HACM’s Board of Commissioners. The RAB also works to support residents by sponsoring workshops and advocating for policies and funding for HACM programs.