The City of Vancouver has appointed a chief housing officer, who is set to begin work next month to deliver more affordable housing.
Mukhtar Latif, an international property consultant from the U.K., will be charged with helping to implement the recommendations of the mayor’s task force on housing affordability, and working with developers, not for profits, and provincial and federal agencies on housing.
According to a news release issued by the city today (September 10), Latif’s experience includes being “instrumental” in securing housing development funding through his consulting work with real estate services provider Savills.
He also has a 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,” according to the city.
The appointment of a chief housing officer—a new position at city hall—stems from the mayor’s task force on housing affordability, which released its final report last year.
Latif will begin his work with the city in early October.