Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commissioners
The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission is overseen by a 12-member commission whose membership is included in the Charter requirements:
- Experience in the fields of housing, community development, planning, social services or public health – member is specified as appointed by the Mayor
- Member of the lending community with experience in community development and affordable housing finance
- DHCD Commissioner or Designee
- A resident who rents and is at 30 percent or less of AMI
- Resident homeowner and is at 50 percent or less of AMI
- A homeowner who received assistance through an affordable housing homeownership program
- Social Service provider
- A representative of the Homeless Service Board
- Low income/fair housing advocate
- Nonprofit affordable housing developer
- Homebuilders or realtor association
Commission members who represent specific income classifications are required to be City residents.
FOR THE LIST OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND COMMISSIONERS, CLICK HERE.
Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Members are appointed to service concurrent with the term of the Mayor. The Mayor appoints a President of the Commission. Commission members are subject to the City’s terms and requirements for all Boards and Commissions, which can be found in Article IV, Section 6 of the City’s Charter.
The Affordable Housing Trust Commission is subject to the requirements of the Maryland Open Meetings Act which requires that meetings be open and accessible to the public, that meetings be advertised, and that agendas along with the minutes from those meetings also be available to the public. The Act also requires that the Commission designate one member who receives training in the Open Meetings Act requirements and ensures that the Commission is in compliance.
Commission meetings are open to the public, however, there is no legal requirement that the public is permitted to participate in meetings. DHCD will publish a meeting notification on its website and in public places of each meeting of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission that includes the date, time, and location along with an agenda. The agenda could include items that may be considered as part of a closed session that would not be open to the public.
DHCD will make minutes available on its website, following approval by the Commission.