The City of Vancouver has confirmed its now-former cheif housing officer has been fired, but isn’t saying why.
At any recent announcement the mayor made on affordable housing, Mukhtar Latif was sure to be by his side.
No longer, according to a statement from the city which has confirmed Latif’s role is “no longer part of the transition” – a reference to its recent attempts to tackle the housing affordability crisis.
“I understand from City of Vancouver staff senior management that Mr. Latif, our chief housing officer, was terminated from the City of Vancouver,” says Councillor Melissa De Genova.
Meanwhile, Councillor George Affleck says the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency is being set up to take the fall for what he describes as the city’s failed policies.
“What I see happening here is Vision Vancouver is going to use VAHA and its leadership as a scapegoat for their own failure at creating truly affordable housing.”
In a news release, the city says “the decision to terminate the employment contract with [Latif] was made by City Manager,” although it gives no reason citing confidentiality.
No word on the timing of Latif’s unexpected departure.
In the mean time, Luke Harrison will take on the role as interim CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency