Each public housing development has a governing body, the Resident Council. Members are elected by residents to perform a number of tasks, including planning events and activities, fund raising, and addressing resident concerns. They serve as advocates for residents and encourage improvements in maintenance and physical conditions, public safety, and support services for residents.
Each council helps to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the provision of services and works with public and private agencies to obtain additional resources.
The Resident Council meets monthly to discuss resident issues and concerns, get updates from Housing Authority staff, and other planning activities.
The Housing Authority of Travis County provides Resident Council officers with training to help ensure that the councils are well governed and adhere to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's requirements for council membership.