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(A) Created. There is hereby created an Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board consisting of 13 members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Metro Council for a term of three years, except that of members first appointed, four shall be appointed for one-year terms, and four shall be appointed for two-year terms. The initial appointments shall be made by the Mayor within 90 days of the effective date of this subchapter. If the Mayor fails to make the initial appointments within this 90-day period, the mayoral appointments shall be made by the President of the Louisville Metro Council and are likewise subject to the approval of the Metro Council. Seven of the members appointed shall reside west of Interstate I-65 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway), and six of the members appointed shall reside east of Interstate I-65 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway). The members shall elect a chair of the Board. The members shall consist of:
(1) One member from the banking community, such as a Community Reinvestment Officer.
(2) One member at-large.
(3) One eligible or current affordable housing consumer, either owner or renter.
(4) One low income housing advocate.
(5) One Metro-Council member appointed by the Metro Council President.
(6) One neighborhood association representative.
(7) One member from the Metro Government directly reporting to the Mayor with housing expertise.
(8) One representative of a non-profit developer, such as New Directions, Habitat for Humanity, or The Housing Partnership.
(9) One social service provider.
(10) One member from the Homebuilders Association of Louisville.
(11) One member from the Apartment Association of Louisville.
(12) One representative of homeless individuals.
(13) One member from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors.
(14) The Mayor, upon submitting a written statement to the Louisville Metro Council that appointments to the AHTF possessing these qualifications cannot be located within a required geographic area as set forth in this section, may appoint others with similar qualifications from such area.
(B) Duties. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board shall:
(1) Establish and maintain an independent, professionally managed, fiscally accountable fund.
(2) Establish policies and procedures for Trust operations including disbursement of funds.
(3) Establish procedures for monitoring and evaluating the Trust’s activities.
(4) Develop responsibilities for reporting to the public and elected officials by producing an annual report to the community and Metro Council including audited financial reports.
(5) Identify and pursue sources of revenue and financing for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, leveraging local, state and federal funds with private sector investment.
(6) Coordinate the Trust activities with community-wide approaches to meeting affordable housing needs.
(7) Seek additional funds, both private and public, to support Trust activities.
(8) Ensure a timely disbursement of funds subject to a timeframe to be determined by the governing board.
(9) The Board may issue a public request for proposals [RFP] to solicit bids from agencies or businesses to administer the Trust.
(10) The Board may enter into a contractual arrangement with an agency selected by RFP to provide administrative support and additional resources, expertise, and benefits to the Trust and its staff.
(C) Staffing. The Board shall employ staff, including an Executive Director of the Trust, to direct the daily activities and fulfill the purpose of the Trust. The Executive Director shall provide executive direction to and management of staff for the purposes of carrying out the responsibilities of the Trust, and shall:
(1) Operate the corporation with fiscal discipline.
(2) Develop and execute Trust operations to deliver funding grants and/or loans for affordable housing and related programs consistent with the Trust’s mission and legislative mandates.
(3) Develop new fund raising strategies to grow the balance of the Trust.
(4) Prepare an annual report to the community on the Trust’s activities.
(D) Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled by the Mayor and approved by the Metro Council for the unexpired portion of the term.
(E) Conflicts of interest.
(1) No Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board member shall participate in the discussion of or vote upon any funding or grant request by an organization on which said Board member or family member is (a) a board member, trustee, director or officer; (b) a consultant or contractor to the organization; (c) actively involved in the formulation of the funding request; or (d) a management or executive employee of the organization. This includes a bar upon the Board member’s participation in any issue relating to the grant or contract after it is entered into, such as a dispute regarding, or modification to, the terms of the grant or contract.
(2) While grants may be made to organizations that employ a Board Member, advisor, or family member of a Board Member, advisor, or staff member, or that contract for the provision of goods or services from any of those individuals, no grant to such an organization shall include funds designated to pay the compensation for such employment, goods, or services.
(Lou. Metro Ord. No. 82-2008, approved 5-28-2008; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 149-2009, approved 9-29-2009)