Denver is looking for candidates for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Denver is about to have a bunch of money for affordable housing, and a lot of organizations and people will be advocating for how to spend it.

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Denver is about to have a bunch of money for affordable housing, and a lot of organizations and people will be advocating for how to spend it.

The policies that guide those spending decisions will be shaped by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Of its 23 members, 11 will be appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock and three will be appointed by the Denver City Council. The remaining members will be ex-officio members who serve by virtue of their role in public and quasi-governmental agencies.

Terms are for three years, though the initial terms will be staggered.

And applications opened Wednesday.

The committee spots are reserved for people who meet certain criteria.

The mayor’s appointments will represent:

  • A housing finance expert
  • A homeless provider
  • A community housing development organization
  • A representative of an impacted community, that is, someone who lives in deed-restricted housing
  • A major employer
  • A private-sector, market-rate real estate industry representative involved in single-family home building
  • A private-sector, market-rate real estate industry representative involved in multi-family development
  • A private-sector, market-rate real estate industry representative involved in commercial development
  • A for-profit affordable housing developer
  • A non-profit affordable housing developer
  • An at-large community member

The appointments from City Council will represent:

  • One of their own
  • An affordable housing advocate
  • An at-large community member

The commitment — allegedly — is three to five hours per month to attend meetings and review materials.

If you want to participate, the city is looking for a resume and cover letter describing your relevant experience and interest in affordable housing. Tell them how you would improve the diversity of the committee, whether geographic, social or racial and ethnic.

To apply for one of the mayoral positions, go here.

To apply for one of the City Council positions, go here.

You should also email Anthony Aragon at anthony.aragon@denvergov.org and let him know which of these dates you prefer for a retreat to kick off the meetings: Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. or Nov. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. The city will pick one date based on the broadest availability.

Deadline for all applicants is Oct. 14.

 

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