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Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere

From the Mayor’s office, Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Friends –

Serving those who are struggling to afford a home or those without any home at all is some of the hardest work we do. We know we can do better. One organization or entity cannot help solve for the housing needs our people have alone. We must do it together.

That is why this past Monday, I launched the new Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere – or the Office of HOPE – and introduced Denver to our new director, Erik Soliván.

Erik and HOPE will be embarking on a first-of-its-kind mission – creating a unified, forceful effort to help those who need a home, find a home. That means homes and support for those without them, homes for our workforce who are renting, and homes for our families and individuals looking to achieve home ownership, or working hard to stay in their homes.

Erik comes to us from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. While there, he oversaw all multi-year housing plans across the spectrum from homelessness to home ownership, and also led efforts to revise and re-establish Philadelphia’s Blueprint Program to End Homelessness.

With the new Office of HOPE and leadership, significant investment and a renewed vision, the city is keenly positioned to deliver more, quality housing choices to our people.

Respectfully,

Michael B. Hancock

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