The City of San Antonio is accepting applications for six vacant positions on the San Antonio Housing Trust’s board of directors. The board was restructured last month to increase community participation.

The trust, created in 1991, provides public financial assistance for affordable housing projects. Applications must be submitted by July 30.

The selected community members, who will be approved by City Council in August, will serve four-year terms on the board alongside five Council members. Mayor Ron Nirenberg hasn’t announced his Council member appointments.

On average, board members attend one formal meeting and one subcommittee meeting each month and often attend housing-related events.

According to the housing trust, applicants for three community board seats should have prior experience in housing advocacy, nonprofit fundraising, policy making, community engagement, or should reside in an affordable housing unit. 

Applicants for the other three community board seats should have experience in real estate, financial underwriting, property development, housing finance, capital markets, lending, construction, property management, or other relevant housing industry experience.

Interested residents can call the City Clerk at 210-207-7253 for more information or apply online here (scroll down to the vacant positions under “San Antonio Housing Trust”).

The increased community representation on the board comes two years after a 2019 study found a lack of coordination and common goals among the housing trust and its four related entities: the San Antonio Housing Trust Foundation, San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corporation, and the San Antonio Housing Trust Finance Corporation.

“It is crucial that the people of San Antonio help to decide how we create housing solutions that are affordable, accessible, attainable, and sustainable,” stated Pedro Alanis, executive director of the San Antonio Housing Trust, in a news release. 

“From building a community of tiny homes for older adults experiencing homelessness, to preserving historic homes on the West Side, to finding partnership opportunities to create and preserve deeper affordability in housing — there are so many opportunities for how we can address our affordable housing crisis in our community, but we need you [to] do it!”

Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org