Tag Archives: affordable housing

Friday, May 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council passes affordable housing density bonus program

In keeping with its previous support of Council Member Greg Casar’s proposed density bonus program, City Council unanimously approved the Affordability Unlocked bonus program Thursday evening, an ordinance amending city code by loosening site restrictions and promoting construction of more…

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Streamlined housing plan comes to Council

In keeping with its commitment to increase Austin’s affordable housing stock, Council will consider an ordinance Thursday which will eliminate certain requirements that currently apply to all new housing, affordable as well as market rate.Under a new program called Affordability…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA grants variance to keep heritage trees and affordable housing

In North Central Austin, developers are working with Central Health and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin to combine nine lots to create an affordable housing complex.The 258-unit complex, located at 411 and 601 E. Powell Lane and…

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners Court punts on affordable housing project

The Travis County Commissioners Court declined to take action on a proposed affordable housing project in eastern Travis County Tuesday. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said the court would take up the matter at next week’s meeting, without hinting at how…

Thursday, April 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Housing committee hears about district goals

Two years ago this month, Austin City Council adopted its first strategic housing blueprint, with the goal of developing metrics to define how the city should allocate its resources to produce affordable housing for residents earning less than 80 percent…

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

With affordability funding looming, housing proponents have questions

With housing project applicants angling for portions of the city’s coming $250 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing, city leaders charged with finding the right mix of new units are starting to wrestle with questions of how much…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

A big problem for low-income homeowners: septic tanks

For the most part, living in rural Travis County is cheaper than living in the city of Austin. Land values, property taxes and rents are all significantly lower. Sewage, however, often costs significantly more.The problems and costs associated with aging…

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…

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