The Evanston Housing Commission has been charged by the Planning and Development Committee with forming a task force to create a comprehensive affordable housing plan for the City.

The goal is to develop a plan that will contain specific objectives, both citywide and by ward, to guide City staff and housing development organizations. The plan may recommend targets for the number and type of housing units needed in the City, proactive steps the City can take to preserve and develop affordable housing for people who live and/or work in the City, and programs and/or policy changes needed to meet the City’s goals.

The Housing Commission, following best practices, plans to include people on the task force with the following backgrounds: one to two aldermen; two Housing Commissioners; one person from the City’s Plan Commission or the Zoning Board; one to two for-profit developers; one to two representatives from community housing development organizations; one person with knowledge of funding sources to support affordable housing (e.g., IHDA, foundations); one banker; one representative from one of the City’s large employers; two housing advocates; two community representatives (e.g. people who need affordable housing, including renters); and staff from relevant departments (e.g. housing, planning).

Persons interested in serving on the task force or who would like to suggest the names of other people to serve on the task force should send information to Susan Munro, chair of the Housing Commission, by e-mail at susanmunro47@sbcglobal.net or by phone or fax at 847-864-4374.

To be considered, information must be received no later than Sept. 8. Include name, address, phone, e-mail, profession and any helpful comments that will assist the Housing Commission in deciding who will serve on the task force.

Members of the task force should be prepared to meet at least once a month between October 2008 and June 2009. Those meetings may be scheduled in the early morning, 7-9 a.m., to accommodate people who have jobs and multiple evening meetings.