Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Housing committee talks scaling rental assistance program

The city’s Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT program, which was announced last month, will be distributing $1.26 million in direct payments to landlords by Friday, May 15. The one-time relief will cover rent payments for at least…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves $10M for direct rental and mortgage assistance

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the allocation of $10 million for direct rent, mortgage and utility assistance. The rental assistance will be available to Travis County residents.This one-time cash assistance was complemented by a $2.4 million…

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Govalle neighborhood looks for compromise in affordable housing project

The city of Austin owns 5 acres of land on three adjacent properties at 1127-1131 Tillery St. Two of those acres are home to a grove of pecan trees that some in the neighborhood worry are in danger of being…

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council pushes for financing, streamlined planning to encourage accessory dwellings

A resolution passed by City Council earlier this month may make it easier and less expensive for homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units on their property.City staff has been instructed to look for funding to provide low-cost loans to residents…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City aims to fast-track displacement prevention program as Covid-19 destabilizes residents

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department is attempting to accelerate progress on the first effort of its Displacement Prevention programs as more households find themselves unable to pay monthly rent or home mortgages due to Covid-19.Erica Leak, policy and…

Monday, April 6, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Workforce housing group raising funds to assist residents in need

The nonprofit group Affordable Central Texas is looking to raise $125,000 to assist residents in the three apartment complexes owned by the Austin Housing Conservancy Fund, which was created to preserve workforce housing in the Austin area.The ACT Together Fund…

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