First Meeting by Affordable Housing Resident Oversight Committee

The 12-member Affordable Housing Oversight Committee met via ZOOM on Wednesday evening.

The committee is an important aspect of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and will help to shape affordable housing development for years to come.

Trust Fund Administrator Emily Harris-Shears pointed out the importance of equity building in the community.

“One of our areas is around equity building which is feels like a really key foundation for the trust fund and ensuring that funds are reaching communities in need,” said Harris-Shears. “That is going to be a key component of the work that we do in this committee.”

Katie Carlson also spoke on the subject of equity.

“One of the ways of equity I think is looking at long term solutions,” said Carlson. “So, getting people into housing now, but then also how do they afford something long term where they can also continue to live and not be spending 50% or more of their income on housing which allows them to save more and eventually maybe buy a house or buy a condo or buy something that gives them long term stability.”

One aspect of housing that was discussed by a ZOOM meeting participant was legal issues around inspection of rental property.

“I had inquired

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