City of Montpelier Housing Committee
The City Council is recommending the creation of an official City Housing Committee.
This purposes of the City Housing Committee (CHC) would be:
1) to gather and evaluate housing-related information from a wide variety of sources,
(2) to propose responses to housing concerns that are identified,
(3) to recommend policies and programs to the City Council that further the two main housing aspirations of the Montpelier City Master Plan which are:
- Montpelier will have an adequate supply of safe, resilient, and affordable housing to meet the needs of all current and future residents.
- Montpelier will affirmatively further fair housing in order to protect all people from discrimination, promote economic opportunities, and create a more diverse, inclusive community.
4) to educate the public regarding Montpelier’s housing situation and to advocate for policies and proposals that further the above mentioned aspirations
In order to meet its mission the Housing Committee will:
- consult with a wide range of housing experts
- collaborate with appropriate state, regional, and Montpelier city government entities
- engage with individuals and organizations of under-represented groups whose housing may be impacted by existing or proposed housing-related policies and procedures
- engage and collaborate with other city committees, as appropriate including but not limited to the Homelessness Task Force, the Planning Commission, and the Energy Advisory Committee
- engage with a variety of parties with an interest in housing including but not limited to landlords, developers, renters, service providers and others
- understand and evaluate the city’s existing and past efforts regarding housing related matters
- learn about efforts made by other municipalities with the goal of finding new and creative solutions to similar problems
Committee Size and Membership:
- The committee will consist of 9-11 members
- Committee members will be appointed by the City Council
- Montpelier residency for applicants is preferred but not required
- Because housing is a regional issue, committee membership could include one or more members who are not Montpelier residents but who work in or have a business interest in Montpelier.
Committee members should:
- have a passion for housing issues
- have the time and willingness to undertake research and other work
- are open-minded, creative, compassionate, and collaborative
- whenever possible, have general work and/or housing-related skills and expertise
If you are interested in serving on the committee than you can fill out an application at: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/CommitteeApplication