Housing

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County endorses Decker Lake affordable housing project

The Travis County Commissioners Court held a public hearing Tuesday regarding a developer’s application for a Resolution of No Objection for the Decker Lake Apartments, which, if approved, will be located on Decker Lake Road, adjacent to the Travis County…

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Andrew Weber

The city is closing shelters it set up for homeless Austinites during Covid. Residents want to know when.

Last Wednesday, Helen Davis was in St. Louis, tired, sore and 825 miles from home without bus fare or a place to stay. As cars whizzed by, she wracked her brain, trying to think of an excuse – something to…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin created a program to pay struggling tenants’ rent. Some say it added to stress.

Petra Antonio and her husband, Domingo Quiroz, got Covid-19 in September. Antonio said she felt OK, but Quiroz had a fever and a cough that kept him awake at night. He wanted to avoid going to the hospital, because he…

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Hinojosa tries again for inclusionary zoning

State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is trying once again to repeal the state law that prevents Texas cities from using an affordable housing tool known as inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning programs allow cities to require developers to provide housing for…

Monday, November 2, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Concerned that money will go unspent, Austin makes changes to its rent help program

Renters affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply for up to six months of rent from the city’s rent assistance program, where previously they could apply for only up to three. The change comes as the city worries…

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s got millions to help with rent, but giving it away is harder than expected

The city of Austin says fewer people have applied for rental assistance than expected. It’s given out just $1.3 million so far of roughly $13 million available for tenants hit financially by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The need that was anticipated…

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