Mutual Housing California seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial and mission-driven Chief Executive Officer to champion and implement the development and operations of high-quality, innovative affordable housing and resident leadership programs for the Sacramento region and beyond.
Incorporated in 1988, Mutual Housing was formed as a partnership of neighborhood residents, business representatives, housing advocates, and local government dedicated to improving housing opportunities for lower income families. The Mutual Housing founders’ major objective was to create a locally controlled nonprofit that would be a force for revitalizing low-income communities by strengthening neighborhood assets–both the housing and the neighborhood leaders. By acquiring deteriorating multifamily structures, they envisioned that Mutual Housing could leverage private and public capital to renovate properties and turn them around into safe, affordable and well-functioning residential communities. Similarly, by attracting investment to construct new housing on vacant in-fill lots, Mutual Housing would add to the local supply of safe, affordable housing and eliminate the hazards often associated with vacant lots.
As important, Mutual Housing was created to help stabilize neighborhoods by identifying and developing leaders. By encouraging residents to participate in decision making in their rental communities, Mutual Housing would develop future local leaders — people who cared about the future of their neighborhoods and would organize others to increase the safety and well-being of other residents. These original founding objectives remain the same today.
Mutual Housing California’s 64-person staff works across multi-family housing development, property and asset management, resident leadership, and administrative functions. The organization, which is designated as a Community Housing Development Organization, is currently governed by 12 board members representing a mix of resident leaders and experienced civic and industry professionals. Mutual Housing California has a sound base of fixed assets, a growing balance sheet, and strong financial controls. The organization’s FY 2017 corporate (excluding rental properties) expense budget is $3.1 million; anticipated annual revenues are $4.7 million, $2.7 million of which is developer fee income. On a consolidated basis, Mutual Housing holds $148.8 million in assets, with total revenues of $11.3 million in 2015. Mutual Housing is a NeighborWorks chartered organization with ‘exemplary’ status, the highest rating possible. Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing’s outgoing CEO, has served in this role for 23 years. She plans to leave the organization at the end of 2017.
Major Business Lines and Areas of Focus
Housing Development. Mutual Housing offers a permanent solution to the housing needs of California’s diverse families. Some multi-family communities are designed and constructed by Mutual Housing California on vacant in-fill lots; others are acquired and rehabilitated. Mutual Housing has a track record of innovation, both around the integration of community development and environmental sustainability and in serving diverse and inclusive populations. In 2002, the organization developed the first multifamily housing property in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) service area to incorporate solar energy. In 2011, Mutual Housing constructed a multifamily development with the highest Build it Green rating in the North Central Valley, and in 2015, developed the nation’s first rental housing development to be certified Zero Net Energy (ZNE). The organization is currently planning the nation’s first rental housing development to be certified Positive Net Energy as well as planning other ZNE properties, one of which will be the region’s first LGBT welcoming senior housing community.
Property Management. Mutual Housing owns and operates 1,071 homes in 19 multi-family properties across Sacramento and Yolo Counties, housing over 3,200 residents. Mutual Housing Management, a subsidiary, manages these properties. Property management and maintenance staff follow ‘green operations and maintenance’ plans that contribute to improved health of residents and property sustainability.
Resident Leadership. A team of community organizers provides leadership development support to resident leaders who are active in increasing the participation of other residents. Under the direction of a MSW professional, the social work team identifies service programs to support vulnerable individuals. Mutual Housing values the diversity of its resident members and the varied gifts they bring and contribute back to their community and to the organization. This involvement leads to positive outcomes in the health and stability of families and communities.
Advocacy. Mutual Housing moves forward policies that support affordable housing development and fair and equitable housing practices. For example, Mutual Housing successfully campaigned in 2008 for a mandatory rental housing inspection ordinance. The CEO provides leadership in local housing advocacy and renters rights organizations and statewide campaigns.
Mutual Housing Model
With residents taking a key role in overseeing their properties and developing programs through site-specific resident councils and issue-specific committees, Mutual Housing California creates communities in which residents have a vested interest. These councils, working together with management, provide input into house rules, review financial reports, plan and evaluate resident activities, attract outside organizations to host on-site programs, orient new residents, and educate to prevent infractions of rules. Councils and issue-specific site committees provide leadership in the identification of resident and community needs and in raising resources to fill those needs. These include youth development programs, support for the elderly, education and economic development resources, health, safety and security programs, and recreational facilities.
Resident leaders at each community identify other programs and providers for activities that may be of interest to residents at their properties, including senior exercise, community gardening and nutrition, after-school tutoring and homework clubs, English and citizenship classes, disease prevention and others.