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Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force Hosts First Meeting

CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998   

Maria Luisa Cesar, 210-861-9030

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 28, 2017) — The Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force will hold its first working meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3 in the auditorium of the Central Library, located at 600 Soledad. The meeting is open to the public and will include Spanish-language translators. It will also be recorded and archived for those who can’t attend.  

“I am excited about the energy and interest community members have shown in wanting to tackle this issue together — it’s critical to the future of our city that we do this well and that we do it now,” Mayor Nirenberg said.   

The Mayor will open the meeting by outlining his housing vision and the charge he’s given the task force members. Created by Mayor Nirenberg, the task force consists of five community advisors, and is charged with developing a framework for a comprehensive and compassionate housing policy to address the pressing housing challenges — from availability and affordability to gentrification and displacement — that the city faces. The action-oriented policy recommendations will be informed by public input and technical working groups. The final recommendations will need to be approved by City Council.  

The Task Force is led by Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, former SAHA CEO and former principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Members of the panel are private and public sector experts on the topic, including Jim Bailey, associate principal, Alamo Architects; María Antonietta Berriozábal, former City Council member; Gene Dawson, Jr., owner of Pape-Dawson Engineering; and Noah Garcia, senior vice president, Vantage Bank. The working meetings are open to the public but designated community input meetings will also be scheduled. 

The Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force will work in tandem with City and agency staff to develop policy recommendations, and connect its recommendations to the City’s SA Tomorrow comprehensive plan and SA2020. 

Mayor Nirenberg has asked the task force members to produce a list of policy recommendations in the next six months and to evaluate best practices throughout the nation.

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