The City is now accepting applications for the Steering Committee until Wednesday, October 17, at 5 p.m. See below for applicant qualifications.
The Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee will be composed of individuals that represent a wide variety of perspectives with regard to housing needs in Evanston. The Committee will have no more than 11 members to ensure that quorums and decisions can be made, and work can be accomplished in a timely and efficient manner. Evanston residency is not a requirement to be on the Steering Committee; however, its members must have considerable knowledge of the Evanston community.
The Steering Committee will be responsible for overseeing the overall development of the Affordable Housing Plan. The expectation is the process will take 12 months, and the Steering Committee will meet monthly in order to ensure that work moves forward in a timely manner. The Affordable Housing Plan will likely follow the American Planning Association’s Policy Principles, which are intended to break down local, state, federal barriers to more housing choice, as a framework and include the following components:
- Background, including progress against goals of 2009 Plan for Affordable Housing, and 2011 Heading Home: Working to End Homelessness
- Needs assessment by market segment (current and projected)
- Strategies by market/income segment with unit/household targets
- Resources and time frame to implement each strategy
The Housing and Homelessness Commission will support the Steering Committee by conducting community outreach in order to both inform residents and solicit feedback on the Affordable Housing Plan. Outreach will be conducted in a variety of ways, such as public meetings), attending and presenting at other groups’ meetings (such as faith-based institutions, parent teacher associations, Cradle to Career, etc.), soliciting community input on needs by creating/distributing a survey, as well as other methods to achieve input from all segments. This community input will be used in the prioritization of goals and strategies, and to recommend funding allocations.
The Steering Committee will be appointed by the mayor. The mayor is seeking applicants with the following affiliations and expertise:
- City Council
- Housing and Homelessness Commission
- Providing housing and/or supportive services to low income and special needs households (e.g., Connections for the Homeless, McGaw YMCA, Family Promise, etc.)
- Off-campus student housing needs
- Racial or ethnic groups that have historically been marginalized and under-served
- Housing needs of people with disabilities
- Housing needs of seniors
- New residential and mixed use development (ownership and rental, small and large scale projects; market rate and affordable)
- Acquisition and rehabilitation of existing properties (small and large scale)
- Rental and ownership property management
- Transportation and mobility policy
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 17, at 5 p.m.