FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions: RAB Elections.

The 2012 RAB ELECTION was held on 2 separate days:

  • For BHA Public Housing Residents living in Family or Elderly/Disabled Public Housing Developments: Wednesday, August 8 from 6-8 pm
  • For BHA Section 8 Residents (including tenant-based vouchers, project-based vouchers, enhanced vouchers & Moderate Rehabilitation): Thursday, August 9 from 6-8 pm.

Where will the RAB election take place?

  • Locations may change. The 2012 RAB Election was held at Boston City Hall, (enter through the Congress Street Entrance after 5 p.m.), Room 801 on the eighth floor.

How do I get information on the RAB election?

  • FLYERS: Every public housing resident and Section 8 resident should receive a flyer about the election in the mail. Flyers are also posted at the various developments and other gathering spots.
  • THIS WEBSITE
  • PHONE & EMAIL: Contact information will be provided when an election date is set.
  • INFORMATION MEETINGS: Dates for information meetings about the RAB and the election will be announced when an election date is set.

When will the Information Meetings take  place?

  • For BHA SECTION 8 residents the Information Meeting will be: announced in the Spring of 2016
  • For BHA PUBLIC HOUSING residents living in FAMILY or ELDERLY/DISABLED developments the Information Meeting will be: announced in the Spring of 2016.

Where do the Information Meetings and Elections take place?

  • The Information Meetings for the 2016 RAB Elections will take place at a location to be decided closer to the date of the election. The 2012 RAB Election was held at Boston City Hall, #1 City Hall Square (Congress Street Entrance) Room 801 on the Eighth floor.

Which entrance should I use to get into City Hall?

  • Please use the entrance on CONGRESS STREET. (City Hall’s front entrance on the Plaza near the Green Line closes at 5:30 PM.)
  • Someone will be at the Congress Street entrance holding a sign to guide you…
  • If you use the Government Center Green Line Stop, you will need to walk along the FRONT of City Hall towards Congress Street.
  • If you use the Orange Line Haymarket Stop, please walk along Congress Street TO City Hall.
  • The Congress Street GROUND LEVEL entrance (across from Fanueil Hall) has a U-shaped driveway where vehicles enter.
  • Come through the glass doors.
  • Go through Security
  • The elevator is at the end of the corridor after Security
  • COME UP TO THE 8TH FLOOR.

Does the MBTA or “T” go to City Hall?

YES.

  • You can take the “T” (MBTA) Train.
  • Take the ORANGE LINE to THE HAYMARKET stop. When you get out of the station, City Hall (Congress Street entrance) is across the Street.
  • OR take the GREEN LINE (B/C/D/E) to THE GOVERNMENT CENTER stop. When you get out of the station, you will be AT City Hall Square. (You will need to go to the Congress Street entrance rather than the entrance which is closest to you.)
  • OR take the BLUE LINE to THE GOVERNMENT CENTER stop. When you get out of the station, you will be AT City Hall Square. (Again, you will need to go to the Congress Street entrance.)
  • Take BUS #92, 93, 352, 354, 424, 426, 441, 442, 450, 455.
  • FERRY F4 – CHARLESTOWN – LONG WHARF, BOSTON.

What if I have trouble with Transportation?

  • If it is hard for you to get/take public transportation, let us know in advance and we will try to arrange transportation for you.
  • Please call (number to be announced) or Email: (to be announced).

How do I get nominated for the RAB election?

  • To get nominated for the RAB election, you must be a public housing tenant of the Boston Housing Authority OR a SECTION 8 resident with the BHA. Be sure to attend the correct election night.
  • If you live in a BHA Family Public Housing development, you must be nominated by another resident of a Family development who represents a recognized local tenants organization (LTO).  This could be someone from your development, or someone from another site.
  • You can nominate yourself if you are the representative from a recognized LTO.
  • You don’t have to be from a development that has a recognized LTO, as long as you are nominated by such a representative.

If you live in a BHA Elderly/Disabled Public Housing development:

  • You must be nominated by another resident of an Elderly/Disabled development  who represents a recognized local tenants organization (LTO).  This could be someone from your development, or someone from another site.
  • You can nominate yourself if you are the representative from a recognized LTO.
  • You don’t have to be from a development that has a recognized LTO, as long as you are nominated by such a representative.

If you are a Section 8 resident of the BHA:

  • You may be nominated by another Section 8 resident of the BHA.
  • For BHA Section 8 tenants, there is no requirement of LTO recognition or nomination by particular representatives.

Who can nominate people for the RAB election?

  • Family residents of recognized or conditionally recognized tenant organizations who have Letters of Authorization from their tenant organization can nominate and elect Family Representatives to the RAB.
  • Elderly & Persons with Disabilities residents of recognized or conditionally recognized tenant organizations who have Letters of Authorization from their tenant organization can nominate and elect Elderly & Persons with Disabilities Representatives to the RAB.
  • Section 8 residents can nominate and elect other Section 8 residents as Section 8 Representatives to the RAB. No authorization letter is needed.

Can I nominate people from another development for the RAB election?

YES. But only IF:

  • You have a Letter of Authorization from your tenant organization.
  •  and IF the candidate attends election night at City Hall.

How do I nominate someone for the RAB election?

To nominate someone to run for the RAB Election:

  • You must have a letter of authorization provided to you by your recognized public housing tenant organization AND you and your candidate must attend Public Housing Election Night at City Hall.
  • To nominate a Section 8 candidate for RAB, you & your candidate must attend Section 8 Election Night at City Hall.

Can I nominate a Section 8 person if I live in a Family Development?

NO.

  • Public housing residents cannot nominate Section 8 residents
  • Section 8 residents cannot nominate residents from public housing developments.

How long is a RAB Member’s term? 

  • Each elected RAB member has a 2-year term.  The RAB can choose, however, to extend its term to a 3rd year.

How can I learn more about the RAB?

  • This website has information on the RAB and how it works.

What if I don’t speak English well?

  • There will be interpreters for people who don’t speak English well and request an interpreter.
  • The flyers are translated into SPANISH, CHINESE and HAITIAN CREOLE. These are the three languages (after English) spoken by most BHA residents.
  • Interpreters will be available in other languages as requested.
  • Interpretation is available by calling: Mr. John Kane at BHA at: 617-988-4107.
  • Interpreters will also be available at BOTH the Informational Meeting and the Election Night.

Who is running the 2012 RAB election?

  •  The BHA/RAB normally puts out a proposal asking agencies to put in bids to run the RAB elections. The announcement for the 2016 RAB election is expected around late spring/early Summer 2016.
  • The RAB Election Committee and the Boston Housing Authority awarded the contract to oversee and hold the 2012 RAB election to the Boston Resident Training Institute (BRTI).