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Housing

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…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Some say city’s home rehab loans hurt them

Three Austinites have told the Austin Monitor their homes have suffered serious damage at the hands of a specific contractor hired by the city to improve their homes through the Home Rehabilitation Loan Program. And a fourth homeowner has expressed…

Monday, April 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Fund to preserve workforce housing begins the hunt for first 1,000 units

A group of real estate investors focused on preserving housing for Austin’s middle-class workforce is on the hunt for properties, with the goal of purchasing up to 1,000 apartment units within the next year.The Austin Housing Conservancy announced last week…

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