Residents interested in helping solve affordable housing issues in Wake County can now apply to sit on the newly formed Affordable Housing Committee.
Today, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a 16-seat committee that will provide feedback and share resources around the Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Department’s future efforts.
“It’s vital that we hear from those who know our communities best,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Vickie Adamson. “We’re looking for strong advocates with diverse experiences who can help us increase and preserve housing affordability, as well as prevent and reduce homelessness in Wake County.”
The committee will act as an informational resource to county staff, assist in identifying community partners, share information with key stakeholders and enhance affordable housing efforts.
Wake County is looking for volunteers from across the county representing a wide variety of community organizations and perspectives. It will include members from these industries:
- Affordable housing developers,
- Behavioral health system,
- Local university or college,
- Community advocate with knowledge of housing issues,
- Economic development,
- Faith community,
- Local banking or credit union,
- Hospital systems,
- Health and human services,
- Law enforcement,
- Community members with low-income lived experience,
- NC-507 Continuum of Care,
- Property management, and
- Wake County Public School System.
Those interested in joining can learn more about the committee and apply at wakegov.com/housing. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 10, 2021.
Committee members will serve a term of two years and meet quarterly. The group is expected to be selected by the end of this year, with the first meeting scheduled in January 2022.
The new committee aligns with the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ 2021 goal in the area of Community Health and Vitality, which is to create affordable housing opportunities and support efforts to end homelessness.