Housing and Community Services Director Dave Gouin will be retiring on Dec. 30 after 21+ years of service with the City of Santa Rosa. Dave joined the City as the Program Manager for Affordable Housing in 1999 and was promoted to the Director of Housing and Redevelopment in 2004 and reorganized the Department to be Economic Development and Housing with responsibilities growing in support neighborhood revitalization, economic development and parking services as a key component of the downtown revitalization strategy. In his 21 plus year span with the City, Dave led the City’s Redevelopment, Housing Authority, Public Parking Services, the Housing Trust, Housing Choice Voucher Assistance, Neighborhood Revitalization, Homeless Services and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Programs.
Some of Dave’s more notable achievements include establishing several redevelopment project areas and then strategically closing them when the State eliminated that program in 2011. The former ATT Building was the last project that he was able to convince the state could proceed. Neighborhood Revitalization focused on the City’s most blighted neighborhoods and assisted Burbank Housing in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 188 units in Apple Valley while holding other property owners accountable within a property owners association. Upgrading technology and introducing progressive pricing policies in Parking Services should also be noted along with developing the City’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan. Homeless Services grew from an $875,000 to $3.4 million program budget annually with the introduction of a housing first strategy and its associated programs, as well as management of encampments and housing 359 people last year.
As Executive Director to the Housing Authority, Dave participated in the production of over 1,500 multi-family units, the acquisition and rehabilitation of 275 units, the construction of 150 ownership units, an additional 150 special needs beds, and a voucher program now approaching 2,000 households. He oversaw the acquisition, rehabilitation and expansion of the Samuel Jones Hall and Brookwood shelters and has assisted Catholic Charities with purchasing and developing “the Block” that will soon become Caritas Village.
Thank you Dave, for your many years of service to the community!
Interim Appointment for Housing and Community Services
Megan Basinger has been appointed interim Director of Housing & Community Services (HCS) effective Dec. 20. Megan has over 16 years of experience with the City, spanning multiple Departments, with recent years serving as the HCS Manager for the Housing Trust Division. In this position Megan supervised a team of technical, administrative and professional staff that administer the City’s federal housing grants. These grants include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investments Partnerships Program, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding, in addition to locally generated resources used to fund affordable housing. The Housing Trust has a current loan portfolio of over $120 million and performs compliance on over 4,000 housing units, mobile home parks and federally funded service programs. In addition to her professional experience, Megan has a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s in Public Administration from Sonoma State University.