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Tag Archives: affordable housing

Friday, November 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Minimum lot sizes: A roadblock for affordable housing?

Last week, Austin voters approved a record-busting $250 million for affordable housing, but a discussion during Thursday’s City Council meeting showed that building new housing isn’t simply a matter of having enough money.At issue is a small piece of vacant…

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Multifamily affordable housing breaks western Travis County development pattern

As the overwhelming support for Proposition A at last week’s election indicates, Austin-area residents want affordable housing as much as they need it. This fact is especially apparent following Travis County Commissioners Court’s support on Tuesday morning of a dense…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Real estate group backs land trusts to preserve affordable housing

With Austin voters about to decide whether the city commits $250 million to increase the local supply of affordable housing, a real estate research group has come out in strong support of cultural land trusts as a tool to prevent…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

‘Prop A’ could bring unprecedented investment in affordable housing in Austin

Austin voters will decide this November on the fate of seven bond propositions totaling $925 million. Proposition A asks voters to decide on a $250 million bond for affordable housing.If approved, the proposition would provide money for the city to build, repair and maintain…

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The next wave of humanity

Visit commission meetings… The fractious nature of the city’s newly convened Tourism Commission brought about consideration Monday of amending the group’s bylaws, with the possibility of requiring at least seven votes to approve recommendations that would be forwarded to City…

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council debates how to convert downtown property into affordable housing

Almost every member of City Council agrees that the city should use two pieces of prime downtown real estate for affordable housing. However, questions and potential disagreements remain about how the land should be used to provide housing.Some Council members…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

With first acquisition, workforce housing fund looks for capital to grow

A real estate investment fund aimed at preserving Austin’s fast-disappearing supply of workforce housing announced the acquisition of its first 308-unit rental property in North Austin.The Austin Housing Conservancy recently closed on the Preserve at Wells Branch in a deal…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Low-income housing project advancing in Northwest Austin

An affordable housing development that has drawn fierce opposition from nearby residents in North Austin is one step closer to realization.The proposed Elysium Grand apartments at 3300 Oak Creek Drive, just west of MoPac Expressway, will include 90 units. Only…

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council to put off hearing on tax credit property

At the request of Council Member Delia Garza, on Thursday City Council will likely postpone a scheduled hearing and consideration of whether to give the city’s blessing to 4 percent affordable housing tax credits to a proposed apartment complex for…

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Fewer Austin residents are burdened by housing costs, but many still struggle

Austin is slowly making progress toward becoming a more affordable city, according to a new analysis, but many residents are still finding it difficult to pay for housing.The report released Wednesday by the nonprofit HousingWorks Austin finds that compared to…

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Powell Lane apartments win first-round OK

City Council last week unanimously approved on first reading a zoning change for 8 acres in North Central Austin with just a few questions and little discussion. The developer’s representative, Alice Glasco, said the magic words – affordable housing –…

Friday, August 24, 2018 by Jack Craver

Affordable housing crisis: To conserve or to create?

As Austin struggles with an ongoing shortage of affordable housing, some housing activists and elected officials believe the city’s top priority should be creating new housing, both by allowing the market to build new units that target various income levels…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

How can Austin incentivize affordable housing?

Members of City Council believe it’s time for a change to the city’s density bonus programs.Currently, Austin has 13 “development incentive programs” that offer developers additional building entitlements if they provide a certain amount of housing that is affordable to…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

HealthSouth site gets top spot in ULI affordable housing study

An analysis of some of the city’s most-prized parcels of land has found that the former HealthSouth property downtown would have the biggest impact on the local housing shortage if the property were converted to affordable housing.The new white paper…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin affordable housing resident advocates for better living conditions

Candace Hunter applied to live at the Reserve at Springdale as soon as she could. When the nearly 300-unit property was completed last year, it brought much-needed affordable housing to East Austin.Within the year, the complex – which houses Austinites…

Friday, July 27, 2018 by Ryan Young

County commissioners see SH-45 development as key to more affordable housing

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court received an update on Turner’s Crossing, a proposed mixed-use subdivision that would be located about 15 miles south of downtown Austin. The project will make use of a public improvement district to fund…

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Affordability on the minds of housing experts gathered in Austin

Business leaders from throughout the real estate industry spent most of this week in Austin focused on solving the affordable housing shortage that is reaching crisis levels in Austin and most other major cities around the country. The draw for…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

Five Council members signal support for major housing bond

Mayor Steve Adler and four other members of City Council announced their support Thursday for putting a major housing bond on the ballot in November.Standing in front of scores of activists on the front steps of City Hall Thursday morning,…

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…

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…

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