The Housing Opportunities Commission resident members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms.
Housing Opportunities Commission meeting dates are not yet determined.
PURPOSE and INTENT:
The purpose and intent of the Commission is to advise city council and further city housing policy as follows:
- Recommend and review ordinances and other policies of general application that best ensure the availability of affordable housing in the city of Eau Claire.
- Facilitate access to programs and funding for groups, including but not limited to, developers, builders and residents that contribute to Eau Claire’s affordable housing, and especially to reduce costs for those who face the greatest need.
- Promote public-private partnerships that stimulates the development and revitalization of local housing units, expands the diversity of housing types, and improves housing affordability.
- Support goals of the City Council Strategic Plan, the Comprehensive Plan, and the city manager’s work plan related to affordable housing.
- Review affordable housing policies and provide recommendations and comments to the Plan Commission and City Council.
- Recommend any affordable housing program eligibility criteria to City Council.
- Initiate and recommend guidelines for development of Eau Claire affordable housing policy, including expanded home ownership and transitional housing opportunities in the city.
- Annually propose to city council for its review and adoption affordable housing goals and Commission work plan based upon documented community need consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan, and Regional Housing Task Force recommendations.
- Provide advocacy for establishing and maintaining a diversity of housing types and opportunities in the city.
- Promote a greater community understanding and acceptance of affordable housing through public education and public events.
- Review and advise the city council on affordable housing priorities in the capital improvement plan for the city.
The Housing Opportunities Commission consists of 11 members:
- One City Council member
- Ten resident members who shall be persons of recognized experience and qualifications