Public Housing Residents Have the Right to Manage Their Communities

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Few people know this, but public housing residents can create resident management corporations to improve their quality of life. Michael Wilson, the President of the Tenant Council and the Executive Director of the Glen Hazel community resident management corporation (in Pittsburgh, PA), explained how this works at our 2016 Color of Wealth Summit.

We got consultants to train us on HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) regulations, so that we knew what the process was. We had our tenant council formed, which then said that they wanted the resident management corporation to represent them. We decided that we wanted to focus on social services first instead of operations. For us, that meant health and wellness, education and training, and wealth creation — areas that we knew were the most important for our residents.