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Friday, March 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County celebrates major renovations of affordable housing communities

The Housing Authority of Travis County hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration Thursday morning to honor the completion of the $10.4 million rehabilitation of two of its affordable housing communities.The project involved improvements to 51 units at Alexander Oaks in Oak Hill…

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Lessons for Austin abound in cities where crises produced affordable housing

The good news about Austin’s growing housing affordability crisis – if there can be such a thing – is that the city hasn’t suffered a natural disaster or a financial meltdown that would serve as the impetus to build new…

Friday, February 22, 2019 by Jack Craver

Council passes resolution to ease regulations on affordable housing projects

City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday aimed at producing more affordable housing units in the city by easing regulations on subsidized developments.The resolution, authored by Council Member Greg Casar, instructs city staff to draft an ordinance that will exempt…

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Casar makes small changes to affordable housing resolution

City Council appears poised to approve a resolution aimed at easing regulations on affordable housing developers.At a Tuesday work session, Council members offered suggestions, but not significant criticism, of the measure drafted by Council Member Greg Casar. The proposal, which…

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Housing Conservancy

Have you been wondering what Austin Housing Conservancy is all about? Well, the Austin Monitor has a show for you. Join David Steinwedell, president and CEO of Affordable Central Texas, as he sits down with reporter Jack Craver to discuss…

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Jack Craver

City has tough decisions on affordable housing bond

The city’s affordable housing challenges were thrown into sharp relief during a presentation Tuesday morning by the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department to members of City Council.The presentation was before Council’s Housing and Planning Committee, but the chair, Council…

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Jack Craver

Casar seeks to reduce parking, compatibility requirements for subsidized housing

City Council Member Greg Casar is proposing a measure aimed at maximizing the impact of low-income housing developments in Austin.The measure, which was unveiled Tuesday and will be on Council’s agenda Feb. 21, directs city staff to craft an ordinance…

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Workforce housing group eyes four apartment complex purchases in 2019

An investment group focused on preserving workforce housing units around Austin has announced plans to add 1,200 more apartment units to its portfolio in 2019.The Austin Housing Conservancy Fund expects to purchase four apartment complexes around the city this year…

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

As shutdown drags on, low-income housing providers in Austin worry funding for rent could run out

Prak Property Management Inc. has been digging into savings to keep some of its low-income properties in Austin running.“It’s like a savings account that every month we are required to put a certain amount of dollars into for things like…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City’s federal housing funds in jeopardy

The city of Austin could lose a significant amount of federal funding if President Trump follows through on his threat to shut down the federal government on Dec. 21. Various national publications reported Trump making the threat if Congress refuses…

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…

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