By Eric Pilgrim | Fort Knox NewsDecember 11, 2019
Lendlease officials are seeking applications for a new effort designed to give military housing residents at Fort Knox a new voice to resolve issues.
Called a Resident Advisory Board, the program seeks to address issues in a timely manner to assist residents in bettering their quality of life.
"The RAB is a program we are currently launching throughout our Lendlease military communities," said John Bredehoeft, project director of Knox Hills and Campbell Crossing -- "designed to give residents the opportunity to help shape their local community, express their concerns, share their ideas and suggestions, and to work directly with our local property management team to develop and implement effective solutions."
The first board was piloted at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, last year when they were hit by Hurricane Florence.
"We have seen great success through the pilot of RAB at Camp Lejeune, and we look forward to providing this opportunity to our residents here at Fort Knox," said Bredehoeft.
Lendlease officials tout the program's ability to coordinate solutions in-house because the board members will be made up of Knox Hills residents advocating for fellow residents.
"This group can be an opportunity for residents to work together to make the conditions in the homes and surrounding community an even better place for everyone to live, as well as provide individual residents the ability to use other voices to express their concerns when they may feel they have none or they may not have time to communicate," Bredehoeft said.
Those elected to hold positions on the board will be responsible for communicating via face-to-face, telephone or email with their assigned fellow residents at least once a month to identify issues, which they will then confidentially address with Knox Hills and military leaders in regular meetings.
Lendlease is accepting applications now through Dec. 22, which will be followed by an electronic elections process open to all residents Jan. 20-24, 2020. Those interested in serving on the first board can download a nomination application from the Knox Hills website at the link below.
"Our goal is to have at least one RAB member for every 400 families in the community who will attend monthly meetings starting in January," said Bredehoeft. "We provide outstanding communities where military Families live, work and thrive, and are excited to offer this new opportunity where we can come together for the community and share ideas on how to continue to improve."