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Director, Housing and Urban Development at City and County of Denver
Erik Louís Soliván is the first Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE). The Office of HOPE is leading the City’s strategy to leverage public and private partner programs and resources to provide: Jobs through workforce training to help families and people grow their wages and begin to save for their future; Health services, including mental health,addiction and supportive services, to help people rise to meet their full potential; and Housing that is affordable across income categories to ensure families and individuals take root in Denver.
Prior to taking the lead at the Office of HOPE, Erik was the Senior Vice President at The Philadelphia Housing Authority overseeing the Office of Policy and Planning. He also previously served as the President of a non-profit affiliate of PHA, PhillySEEDS Incorporated, and was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Erik also worked for private sector firms focused on improving access to housing and community revitalization.
Since taking the lead at the Office of HOPE, Erik has begun the hard work of harnessing city resources and efforts for the benefit of Denver residents. He is currently working with multiple city agencies to implement 30 short-term actions to improve and expand city and partner services by the end of 2017,and is leading the City’s engagement on the issues of gentrification, housing, and affordability