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Housing

Friday, June 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

City wants to put the word out about affordable housing

What is an “affordable unit”? Who qualifies for one? And above all else, where are these units, and how do you get one?A resolution approved unanimously on Thursday by the City Council Housing and Planning Committee asks city staff to…

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by Jo Clifton

More horror stories emerge from city program

Since the Austin Monitor published the story last month detailing problems some Austinites have had with contractors hired by the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development department to rehabilitate their homes, more people have come forward with their own horror stories.This…

Friday, May 4, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Advocates say HUD proposal to raise rents could hurt struggling families in Austin

Watchdog groups in Austin say a plan to raise rents for millions of people who get federal housing assistance would hurt the area’s most vulnerable residents.“What this will do is increase housing costs, force more families to choose between food…

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council wants to help homeowners resist ‘predatory home flipping’

City Council Member Delia Garza has no interest in selling her home in Southeast Austin, but she was intrigued by a letter she received in the mail recently from somebody interested in buying it.An ominous all-caps headline on the yellow…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin renters facing eviction could get help through a new counseling service

David Jones has been renting his apartment in North Austin for four years. He’s grown an impressive herb garden on his front porch: Rows of parsley, oregano and thyme line one side. He’s a veteran on a fixed income, and…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Real estate leaders tackle equity, housing affordability at ULI breakfast

Austin’s ability to continue its rapid economic and population growth while trying to keep longtime residents from being forced out due to affordability issues was the topic of the day at Wednesday’s breakfast meeting for the Urban Land Institute. The…

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