We know our work of implementing this package of community benefits will only be successful if we are guided by resident voice. With that in mind, we embarked on a mission to hold a series of listening sessions throughout District 10 over the fall in partnership with local community organizations.
Over 400 people attended the 19 sessions, filled out surveys and participated in lively discussions about the future of the District. We heard many shared concerns and struggles which will help inform our work.
We’ll be releasing a report in the coming days that highlights the issues lifted up by residents. Many have already attended job training programs or received affordable housing services and had incredible insights on how this work can be improved in the District. Some highlighted the difficulty of finding information about services available.
We also learned some key information about District residents that we are keen to share. Some residents are facing foreclosure and don’t know how to access help. Others are facing stringent housing criteria that they cannot meet— making it harder to access quality affordable housing.
A common shared concern was the feeling that residents had been asked the same question, many times, by many different groups. We hope that sharing the report will enable other organizations to be guided by resident voice in the same manner.