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Tag Archives: affordable 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…

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…

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…

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Jack Craver

Garza, Renteria, Casar unveil Housing Justice Agenda

Three City Council members say they are united to push for a series of aggressive affordable housing measures, including a major increase in housing subsidies and reforms of the land development code.At a panel at the Austin Convention Center Tuesday…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council members push for $300M bond to meet Austin’s affordable housing needs

City leaders are weighing the possibility of putting an affordable housing bond on the ballot this November. A city task force is recommending a $161 million bond, but some Austin City Council members want to almost double that amount.Council Members…

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Alamo’s new HQ will include affordable housing, won’t just be a ‘development project’

After confusion about whether property the Alamo Drafthouse bought from the Austin Independent School District would include affordable housing, the project’s architect confirmed Wednesday it’s in the plans.Richard Weiss said Alamo will use the historic school in Hyde Park for…

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council members push for $300M affordable housing bond

If Austin is going to do something about its affordability crisis, many on City Council believe that it will take a massive infusion of public funds to build housing that is affordable to low-income and working-class residents.To that end, at…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs how to boost affordable housing program under CodeNEXT

City Council is trying to figure out how the latest draft of the proposed Land Development Code, known as CodeNEXT, could shape the future of affordable housing.At a meeting of the Housing and Planning Committee Tuesday, Council members drilled down…

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council considers gentrification and ‘right to return’ policy

On Tuesday, City Council members got their first glimpse at a study they voted to authorize that examines gentrification in Austin.The first phase of the study, conducted by three University of Texas professors, analyzed the demographic profile of nearly every…

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin could use rising property values to create affordable housing

City Council Member Greg Casar wants to get the most out of the hundreds of millions of dollars that the city is poised to spend to upgrade its transportation corridors in the coming years.The improvements coming to Austin’s corridors will…

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council endorses new Chalmers Courts project

With the Council chambers full of cheering supporters, City Council on Thursday unanimously endorsed an award of low-income housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a multifamily development at East Fourth and Chicon streets…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Housing repair funds, 3-D printed homes pitched as affordability solutions

For the past several weeks, nine local nonprofits, government agencies and private companies have been mapping out new solutions to the city’s housing affordability problem. Last night, they presented their ideas at the Impact Hub, a co-working space on North…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission pushes for full preservation of Rosewood Courts

This year, a plan to preserve and redevelop Rosewood Courts will be making its way through City Hall. After more than two years of work, advocates for the plan hope that they have struck a compromise between modernizing the property…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Resolutions could change how demolitions are done in Austin

On Thursday, City Council approved two resolutions that direct the city to take a look at the literal and figurative cost of demolitions in Austin. Each could lead to increased fees for the growing number of building demolitions in Austin.…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council approves funding for study on housing discrimination

City Council is moving forward with plans for the region’s first fair housing assessment. The effort aims to shed light on issues of housing discrimination across Central Texas.The federal Fair Housing Act was designed to protect people from discrimination when…

Monday, December 4, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin residents protest mobile home investment class

A few dozen protesters gathered in downtown Austin on Friday to march down East Fifth Street and into the Westin hotel, where a class on investing in mobile home parks was reportedly being held.The protesters, dressed in graduation caps and…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

In this new neighborhood, none of the homeowners own the land

Laura Soto, 38, sands several planks of wood that will serve as the trim for the outside of her new home. A few feet from her lies a plank of wood labeled “front porch,” another labeled “door.” On a break…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Council reaches settlement in substandard housing case

After a years-long battle between the city and apartment complex owner Walter Olenick, City Council voted unanimously last Thursday to approve a settlement that will compensate the city $150,000 and secure affordable units in the future.As part of the agreement,…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

New apartments could be coming to Northwest Austin shopping center

A popular shopping center in Northwest Austin could be redeveloped to include hundreds of apartments.The 17-acre site at 9828 Great Hills Trail, owned by Great Hills Retail Inc., currently includes a shopping center, restaurants, a movie theater and a bank.…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Claire McInerny

East Austin community looks to AISD for affordable housing

At a September meeting of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees, almost half of the public comments weren’t about academic issues. Instead, they were about housing. Students, parents, teachers and other community members were asking the board to…

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