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Statement by City Manager Sadhu Johnston on changes to the implementation of affordable housing in Vancouver

February 1 2017

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"The City of Vancouver has made a change to how it implements affordable housing in Vancouver to meet its vision for a resilient, diverse, and connected city where everyone has a place to call home.

"We've made much progress last year, including:

  • Transitioning the Housing Policy and Projects division into the Community Services department
  • Taking steps to address housing affordability through the reset of our Housing and Homelessness Strategy

"To ensure that housing is coordinated and is top of mind for senior leaders within city government, we have also established a Housing Leadership Table, which I chair. Through this venue, all major housing initiatives are vetted and prioritized to ensure progress is made throughout the organization.

Leadership change at Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

"As part of that transition, Mukhtar Latif, who has served as the chief housing officer (CHO) and CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), is no longer with the City of Vancouver, nor CEO of VAHA.

"I would like to thank Mukhtar for his work with the City of Vancouver. In his role as CHO, Mukhtar took on the responsibility of directing Housing Policy and Projects for several years, supporting the development of significant affordable housing policies, such as family housing and the development of an Aboriginal housing strategy. As CEO of VAHA he brought innovative building solutions to Vancouver, such as modular housing and got 1,000 units under development.

"Despite these leadership changes, VAHA remains a major delivery agent to get affordable housing on the ground in the city. Effective immediately, Luke Harrison will serve as interim CEO of VAHA. Having worked in the role of senior planner at VAHA, Luke led a team of project directors and development managers to develop market and affordable rental housing on City of Vancouver land. Luke brings extensive experience in business development and acquisition activities to generate affordable housing. There are multiple developments underway and VAHA's board and staff will remain focused on delivering them."