Housing Choices’ has a Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) for each state in which we operate. These committees are designed to represent the diverse needs of our residents, raise broad issues that affect residents and encourage and support community engagement and development within their local areas.
The Tasmanian RAC has up to 12 members at any one time, meet every two months and are supported by Housing Choices Tasmania’s Community Development Workers.
We also hold various social meetings or events in most of our larger communities. Residents and staff can meet one another, discuss common issues and propose solutions. Housing Choices Tasmania also gives updates on housing and maintenance issues so everybody is informed. Sometimes we invite a guest speaker to the meetings too!
Importantly our Community Development Team are active in working with other stakeholders such as local Community Houses, Child and Family Centres, Support Organisations and Councils to develop programs and initiatives that support our residents. Many of our residents choose to become active participants in these events and initiatives thereby strengthening communities, assisting those who are isolated and gaining invaluable skills.
Resident community fund
The Housing Choices Tasmania Resident Community Fund provides people with the opportunity to turn their own ideas or vision for their community into reality. It’s a chance for residents, support agencies and Housing Choices Tasmania to work together to deliver initiatives that meet community needs.
Community organisations, or residents with the backing of an incorporated community group or support agency, can apply for small grants for projects that will benefit the wider community in the larger suburbs of East Devonport, Shorewell Park, Acton, Somerset, Latrobe and West Ulverstone.
Examples of projects that may attract funding under this Program include:
group education and training
park benches or seating in communal areas
art and craft groups
parents’ group excursions
exercise or recreation groups
Applications are reviewed by the Community Development Team and the Resident Advisory Committee.
If your project is successful there is a transparent process of payment and acquittal of grant funds. In this way we can ensure that the initiative was completed successfully and that we can measure the impact it had on the community.
To find out more about the Resident Community Fund or to talk about ways you can become involved, contact the Community Development Team in Tasmania on 1300 312 447.