Katie concludes her conversation with TWO ChangeMakers, Cindy Stotler, the Director of the City of Phoenix Housing Department and Sheree Bouchee, the Affordable Housing Advocate for the City of Phoenix. Katie, Cindy and Sheree discuss how The Valley of the Sun, after decades of being one of the most affordable cities in the country, finds itself in an affordable housing crisis.
About Cindy Stotler:
Cindy is the Director of the City of Phoenix Housing Department. Cindy has over 30 years of experience in public service spanning five City Departments. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting and a Masters’ in Human Relations, both from Northern Arizona University. Since 2015, Cindy has served as the Housing Director managing a team of 140 employees and an annual budget of $100 million. The Housing Department functions as the Public Housing Authority with programs including Public Housing, Section 8 HCV, Mixed Income Affordable Housing, Housing Development, and Resident Supportive Services. During Cindy’s tenure, the Phoenix Housing Department was awarded a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant to redevelop public housing and revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Phoenix. Most recently, Cindy presented and received Mayor and Council approval for a comprehensive “Housing Phoenix Plan” to create and preserve 50,000 homes by 2030.
About Sheree Bouchee:
Sheree, Affordable Housing Advocate for the City of Phoenix, has thirteen years’ experience in housing and community development, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. Throughout her career she has worked in seven different Arizona municipalities. She has overseen a variety of federally funded housing and community development projects and programs. In her current role as Affordable Housing Advocate she is leading the implementation of the city’s Housing Phoenix Plan, which has the goal of creating and preserving 50,000 homes by 2030 through the nine policy initiatives.