Housing Bureau Seeks Members for Housing Advisory Committee

via the Portland Housing Bureau:

Interested in weighing in on investments of public resources in housing? Want to serve as a sounding board on significant housing policy issues? Want to be in a position to officially advise City Council and City staff on matters relating to housing issues?

The Portland Housing Bureau invites you to apply for membership on its new Portland Housing Advisory Committee (PHAC). The Portland Housing Advisory Committee (PHAC) is a new volunteer public advisory body that will advise the Director of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), the Housing Commissioner, and the Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues.

Members of the PHAC will provide advice on strategies for investment of public resources to meet the city’s most critical housing needs. The PHAC will assist in aligning PHB’s resources – including federal funds, local general fund, and tax increment funds generated through urban renewal – to its mission. The committee also will review PHB’s broader public involvement strategy and implementation to make sure that other community members and stakeholders have many opportunities to participate in PHB’s work.

Up to 15 members will be selected to serve on the PHAC. Individuals who live or work in Portland are eligible to apply for membership. Housing Commissioner Nick Fish and PHB leadership have committed that persons of color and members of other under-represented communities will have a significant presence on the PHAC. PHB is also seeking folks who bring to the table knowledge and experience in market-rate and rent-restricted rental housing development and finance, homeownership, and housing access and stabilization services.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 15, 2010. Appointments will be for one- or two-year terms, and may be renewed. After an initial orientation, committee members will meet monthly to review and make recommendations on a broad range of matters affecting housing in Portland. Meetings will be more frequent during the city’s budget process.

Learn more about PHAC at http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/index.cfm?c=53513.

Links to the application form are also available on that page.

For more info, email Beth Kaye, PHB Public Involvement Manager, or call 503.823.2393.

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