Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

TCAD trying to make appraisals more equitable

Many taxpayers have charged that the current property tax system is unfair because it penalizes longtime homeowners with a higher tax bill when their neighborhoods start to gentrify. One of those homeowners is City Council Member Ora Houston. During Council’s…

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Friday, December 16, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs more funds for east side housing

Acting as the board of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, City Council on Thursday approved an additional $992,000 to a loan for the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation to help the company build affordable housing at 1212, 1301 and 1309 Chicon…

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Friday, December 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves bid to buy AISD properties

City Council approved a measure Thursday to move forward with a joint effort between the city, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District to provide affordable housing on publicly owned land. The measure authorized city staff to submit a…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

First-of-its-kind housing plan presented to Planning Commission

In a city where 200,000 additional housing units will be needed over the next 30 years to meet the growing number of newcomers, having a plan to keep those units affordable is prudent. Accordingly, Jonathan Tomko, a senior planner with…

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Friday, October 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin teams up with Travis County and AISD on affordable housing

The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District are poised to enter a three-party partnership aimed at using publicly owned lands to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area. City Council did its part…

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council Member Renteria seeks amenities for mobile home parks

Mobile homes are often referred to as Austin’s most affordable housing. But mobile home parks don’t always offer amenities, such as green space, for residents. One City Council member is hoping to change that. When Council Member Pio Renteria visited…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council looking at help for displaced tenants

City Council will consider an ordinance today affecting tenants who are forced to move out of properties slated for demolition or redevelopment. Under the proposed ordinance, an owner of a multifamily complex with five or more units would have to…

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Monday, August 15, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Residents uneasy about Housing Authority’s plans to renovate public housing

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin is moving forward with a plan to renovate its public housing complexes, but some residents are concerned about where they will live during construction. Julie Ahmadi has lived in the Housing Authority’s…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Elysium Park angst: From City Hall to Israel

Last Thursday, many of those watching the City Council meeting were left befuddled by an exchange that took place late in the meeting over a proposed affordable housing project at 3300 Oak Creek Drive. Both the developer and the neighborhood…

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