Resident Empowerment Coalition

The Resident Empowerment Coalition (REC), operating within the Center for Community Engagement and Civil Rights, is designed to strengthen resident engagement through educating and mobilizing residents to support organizing. The main goal of REC is to engage residents in Boston Housing Authority programs, policymaking, and community development opportunities.

The Resident Capacity Program provides technical support and training to build the capacity of resident organizations in all BHA public housing properties as well as within the Section 8 Voucher resident community.  

REC Meetings have moved online for now, and are now every other month Join us the last Tuesday of every other month starting Tuesday, October 26 at 2 pm on ZoomRegister here for the REC Meetings every other month to have the link to join emailed to you. 

During the months in between, please join our REC Planning Meetings to give your input to help make REC meetings more enjoyable and helpful for all residents, to propose agenda items, and connect with other residents.  Our next REC Planning meeting is: Tuesday,  November 30 at 2 pm.  Please register here.


Powered by the REC

A lineup of virtual events held to encourage residents to be more involved with their LTOs and the REC with our new "Community Events Checklist". By participating in REC and LTO events, residents build and improve their community, meet their neighbors, connect to helpful resources, while earning fun prizes, participate in REC giveaways, and much more! We highly encourage residents to involve themselves in their LTO’s as well as other community issues and opportunities that arise within their development. 

Here is how you can participate:

  1. Download a Powered by the REC Event Checklist or request one by emailing, or by calling 617-988 5136 with your name and address to receive one in the mail.
  2. Participate in at least 5 activities on the Checklist each month
  3. Submit your completed checklist by the 25th of each month to enter into our quarterly raffle. You can take a picture of your completed checklist and email it to or text the picture to Resident Capacity Intern, Alisha Vernet, at 617-756-8331. Please make sure to include your first and last name along with the development you where you live. We will select one (1) winner from each BHA Development Region. The Powered by the REC Event Checklist is also available in these languages:

Powered by REC Event Checklist [Spanish]
Powered by REC Event Checklist [Chinese]
Powered by REC Event Checklist [Haitian Creole]

Upcoming Powered by the REC Events:

Peer Learning: October 19 at 2 pm
REC Virtual Meeting: October 26
REC’s Monthly Virtual Social: October 29

To register for any of the above events, just click on the link!

For more information, or assistance using Zoom, please email or contact us at 617-988-5316.  

The REC houses the following programs:

Sign up for the REC newsletter by clicking here.  Read the latest Resident Empowerment newsletter by clicking here.

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