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City appoints new Housing Chief

September 10 2013

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

The City of Vancouver has made good on another recommendation from the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability by appointing a Chief Housing Officer. Mr. Mukhtar Latif, an international property consultant from the UK, will be joining the City in early October.

As Chief Housing Officer, Mr. Latif will be working to identify, appraise and deliver more affordable housing in the city. He will also work with developers, not for profits, and provincial and federal agencies to meet housing needs and help implement the recommendations of the Mayor's Task Force in providing an array of housing types to Vancouverites.

Mr. Latif has an extensive background with not-for-profit housing associations and has developed a wide range of housing, from affordable rental to market priced homes, including homes for the elderly, vulnerable and those requiring care and support. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a local housing authority and was Vice-Chair of a public housing management organization. 

In his consulting work with Savills, Mr. Latif has been instrumental in securing housing development funding, working closely with developers, local authorities and government agencies. He has also been engaged in supporting the development of the private rental sector in the UK and creating opportunities for local housing authorities who have recently been provided the flexibility to develop their own affordable homes.

Mr. Latif has actively contributed to work of the UK’s National Housing Federation and chaired research in developing diversity in the housing procurement process. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and an MBA. He is also a Chartered Project Management Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Learn more about the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability

Housing committee

Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability

The Task Force recommended bold and practical ways to improve housing affordability for low- to moderate-income households.