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HABC to Develop and Implement New Strategic Plan

HABC is excited to announce that it has begun the process of developing and implementing a Strategic Plan for the agency. The plan will serve as the agency’s blueprint to advance its mission and vision, and will be developed under the principles set forth in the Four Cs of HABC. This will include short and long term plans for addressing HABC’s housing portfolio and moving forward with key programs and initiatives. Areas that will be addressed include the following:
• Priority programs and initiatives
• Asset repositioning
• Safety and security
• Agency organizational structure

Why the Plan is Necessary
The platform for public housing across the nation is shifting away from traditional programs. Federal funding for public housing authorities has been steadily declining over the past decade, while the capital needs of aging housing inventories accumulate and the demand for affordable housing grows. Programs like the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and other initiatives have been implemented to address this imbalance and leverage the funding necessary to preserve deeply affordable housing. Within the next few years, over one-third of HABC’s public housing portfolio will be converted to private ownership through RAD. The time is right to for HABC to perform a careful evaluation of our assets and organizational structure to determine our path going forward.

How the Plan will be Developed
HABC has engaged EJP, an experienced industry consulting team, to assist in creating the strategic plan. The process will include input from many stakeholders – HABC staff and Board of Commissioners, residents and program participants, City agencies and elected officials, community and advocacy groups, anchor institutions, philanthropic organizations, for- and nonprofit developers, etc. A series of focus groups and committee meetings will be held over the next few months, and a final plan is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018. HABC conducted its first Advisory Board meeting on March 27, 2018. The plan was also announced to staff during the HABC's All Staff Meeting on March 29, 2018.

Expected Outcome
The strategic plan will guide HABC’s approach to fulfilling its mission and using best practices in its efforts to manage its portfolio, administer its programs and embarking upon future initiatives. The plan will align HABC’s efforts with Mayor Pugh’s vision for Baltimore City.

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HABC Strategic Plan Advisory Committee Meeting #1 - March 27, 2018