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RESIDENT COUNCIL

The purpose of the Resident Council is for the residents of the Big Rapids Housing Commission to share ideas with each other in an effort to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood and to work with the management on these ideas. The Resident Council meets once a month to discuss opportunities, and plan activities and events. Resident Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Highrise Conference Room.

The Resident Council board members meet with the management periodically so that they may be involved in the budgeting process, the Capital Fund Program planning, and any other activity that may affect the conditions of the projects.

A Resident Council is required for the tenants to receive funding for their various activities.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch Program is to observe and report suspicious persons/activity and safety concerns to the Big Rapids Housing Commission and local law enforcement. The Big Rapids Housing Commission and the Neighborhood Watch members work together to resolve issues as well as educate the residents about home and personal safety while setting a standard for the local community.

Neighborhood Watch Program meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Highrise Conference Room. All residents are encouraged to attend and share suggestions for improving our neighborhood.

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FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

All residents are eligible to participate in the Big Rapids Housing Commission's Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS). The FSS program provides for coordination of local, community-based resources in order to promote economic independence for families living in assisted housing. Each family signs a Contract of Participation outlining the participant's goals to become self-sufficient. Goals include: Obtaining suitable full-time employment, remaining off welfare, repairing credit, etc. The primary incentive for a family is economic independence. The Big Rapids Housing Commission will establish an interest bearing escrow account for each family.