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Council still pondering use of remaining housing money
Friday, February 26, 2010 by Austin Monitor
The City Council has set March 11 as the date that it will decide what to do with the remaining $13 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds that has been set aside for affordable housing.
The move came as over two hours of public comment on the issue dragged the Council into a session that stretched just past 10pm. During the marathon, members heard from a number of interested housing advocates including Michael Willard, the executive director of Austin Habitat for Humanity, Housingworks Austin President Francie Ferguson, and former City of
Earlier on Thursday, Council Member Sheryl Cole used a briefing on the city’s homeless population to telegraph her wishes for the bulk of that money. “There’s really no question that it is actually more expensive for us to leave people on the street—our poorest of poor—without a home…then to actually provide (them with more temporary) services,” she said.
David Lurie, the director of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department had just finished statistically illustrating that very fact. Among his suggestions for
At the end of last night’s hearing, Cole took the opportunity to make the final remarks of a very long day. She talked about eye-opening fact-finding trips to look in on homeless programs in
Mayor Pro Tem Mike
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