Tenant Affairs Board (TAB)
The Tenant Affairs Board (TAB) unites residents with the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) in planning and decision making processes in order to make resident neighborhoods better places to live. Each SLHA site with a participating TAB addresses needs and concerns, and keeps residents informed about their development’s activities and programs. The TAB works with the SLHA and on-site managers to give residents a voice in overall development operation. TABs are not-for-profit organizations specifically charged with the responsibility to:
- Maintain open communication with residents to keep them informed of all resident association meetings, activities, functions;
- Promote programs that will provide improved educational, recreational, and social service opportunities;
- Receive official recognition from SLHA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a resident association pursuant to HUD regulations; and
- Cooperate with other development resident associations in representing the interest of all residents.
How do I get involved?
TABs are elected once every three years or when a vacancy occurs. Members can serve three years. Most TABs consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and sergeant-at-arms.
SLHA has a total of fourteen TABs representing fourteen public housing developments: Badenfest, Badenhaus, Blumeyer Village, Cahill House, California Gardens/Lafayette, Cambridge Heights/Cochran, Euclid Plaza, Kingsbury, LaSalle Park, Les Chateaux, Parkview, Peabody, Senior Living at the Renaissance, and West Pine.
The SLHA assists residents in developments that do not have organized TABs by providing technical assistance to help them create a TAB.
St. Louis Tenant Affairs Board (City-Wide TAB)
Every president from the SLHA TAB is a member of the St. Louis Tenant Affairs Board (City-Wide TAB). Each President from the fourteen TABs elects five presidents to serve as a Chair on the St. Louis TAB. Each president will serve in the capacity of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer or sergeant-at-arms.
The St. Louis TAB represents all public housing residents. The St. Louis TAB also makes recommendations and advises SLHA and management in the formulation of the Agency Plan. The TAB’s recommendations are considered as the plan is drafted and the final plan becomes a part of the HUD submission. The St. Louis TAB is responsible for keeping residents in each development informed of the Agency Plan development during the draft and final stages.
Meetings: St. Louis TAB
3rd Wednesday each month, 10:30 am
What is a Resident Commissioner?
Resident commissioners are two elected public housing residents that serve on the St. Louis Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners consists of seven commissioners (two public housing residents and five appointed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis). Resident Commissioners have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the SLHA does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals, while believing in the purpose and the mission of the organization.
What are some of the responsibilities of a Resident Commissioner?
- To interpret and translate the organization’s work and values to the community, represent the organization and act as a spokesperson;
- To act in the best interests of the organization and to excuse himself or herself from discussions and voting, where it could cause a conflict of interest;
- To stay informed about what’s going on in the organization; to ask and request information;
- To participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policy and other board matters; and
- To work in good faith with staff and other board members as partners toward achievement of goals.
When are Resident Commissioners elected?
Resident Commissioner’s are elected every four (4) years or as a seat becomes vacant.
For more information, contact:
Julie Phillips, Coordinator, Resident Relations