Leadership development at Mutual Housing consists of two primary elements.
Community building is the process of fostering relationships among our residents. Welcome committees, holiday celebrations, exercise classes and hobby groups are some of the examples of activities we work with our residents to plan and implement in this area.
Community organizing involves helping residents to identify areas of common interest and concern in their lives and communities, and helping them develop their skills to work together to address those issues. Activities in this area can range from advocating for improved local street lighting or public transit access to participating in policy efforts at the regional, state or national level to create more equitable access to quality housing, health care, education or employment opportunities for all.
The common thread that ties these two elements together is the identification of residents assets – their strengths and abilities – and our work with residents to help them recognize and use those assets to create active community at multiple levels.
Our community organizers work with residents to establish and maintain youth and adult resident councils to guide our community building and organizing work.