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RESIDENT ADVISORY BOARD - (RAB)
Created in 1967
In 1967, Congress passed an updated housing act, which included a modernization component that could provide local housing authorities monies to make upgrades to properties, as well as, up-date management policies, decisions and practices.
One year after the act was passed, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) applied for and received 3.5 million dollars to modernize two developments projects as they were called back then - some people still use the term) "Tasker Homes and Richard Allen".
Residents from both developments collectively filed a lawsuit against the PHA and the U. S. Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proving that tenant participation requirements had not been met as required but ignored, in 1969 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was negotiated, created and signed by all parties.
This agreement (MOU), historically gave tenants bargaining power, it also solidified the organization that would become the Citywide bargaining agent - Resident Advisory Board of Philadelphia (RAB). Subsequently, RAB were organized, created and provided technical assistance all across the Country by a resident formed organization - National Tenant Organization (NTO).
Residents feeling empowered and collectively laying the foundation and seek a better quality of life through the tenants rights movement, regulation enforcement, input into and to the day-to-day operations of the Housing Authorities and a voice that would support a real partnership between management and residents.
Residents advocate, promote, monitor, demanding and expecting the equal and fair enforcement of the Code of Federal Regulations to be administered, adhered to and implemented daily.
RAB became a fearless advocate for tenant rights, through it's efforts of organizing, planning, program implementation, collectively negotiation as agreements are reached most of the time. as it relates to issues that direct or indirect affect the residents of public and assisted housing.
As an organization, RAB)comprised of resident leadership. we are supported by volunteers, partners and various resources that allow rab to utilizing various methods of informing, educating and mobilizing of residents and/or coalitions. we remaining vigilant - as the regulatory and political climate is ever changing and the need for affordable housing - Safe, sanitary and a quality of life that is guarantee by the constitution and contribution.
OFFICERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD (RAB)
Asia Coney, President
Jacqueline McDowell, Vice President
Marguerite Harris, Correspondence Secretary
Vacant, Recording Secretary
Lina Childs, Treasurer
Willie Wells, Assistant Treasurer
Vacant, Board Member at Large
Arch HomesBartrum VillageBentley Hall Blumberg Apts. (Senior)Blumberg Apts. (Family)Cassie L. Holly Cecil B. MooreChamplost HomesCollegeview Apts. Emlem Arms Fairhill Apts.Haddington Harrison PlazaHaverford HomesHerbert Arlene Holmecrest Apts. Katie B. JacksonJohnson Homes Morton HomesOxford VillageQueen Lane Apts Parkview Apts.Plymouth HallWest Park Plaza Raymond Rosen Spring GardenWilson Park (Family) Whitehall Apts.Wilson Park (Seniors)
SCATTERED SITESTAX CREDIT (PAPMAC)
901 Haddington/OverbrookCambridge Plaza I, II & III 902 Mantua Germantown House 903 KingsessingGreater Grays Ferry Estates I & II 904 Germantown/Hunting ParkLucien E. Blackwell I, II & III 905 Fairhill Square& Marshall Shepherd 906 FrancisvilleLudlow III 907 LudlowMantua I & II 908 SusquehannaMartin Luther King IV 909 Strawberry MansionMount Olivet 910 Oxford/JeffersonNellie Reynolds Gardens Norris LP PRIVATE AMEPaschall Village I & II Richard Allen III 8 DiamondsSuffolk Manor Angela Court IWarnock I II Angela Court II Courtyard @ Riverview Martin Luther King I III Neumann North Spring Garden II Spring Garden SS St. Anthony's (Seniors)