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Tag Archives: affordable housing

Friday, August 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council struggles against displacement and segregation

“I believe that part of our role as a community and as a government is to provide protections against immoral market forces,” said Council Member Greg Casar, describing his efforts to increase affordable housing and fight economic segregation.If Casar sees…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Measure seeks ways to spread affordable housing more evenly across Austin

City Council is set to take up a measure Thursday to encourage development of affordable housing to be more evenly dispersed throughout the city.Low-income housing tends to be built in higher-poverty areas on the outer edges of the city. Rental…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commissioners spar on definition of family-friendly housing

With a school district facing cases of severe under-enrollment, it has become clear that the city needs to do more to cater to younger families and especially to provide housing that suits their needs. CodeNEXT, currently being mulled over by…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin real estate exec shifts focus to preserving middle-class housing

Looking to address the problem of Austin’s diminishing supply of middle-class housing, the head of the area’s lead real estate trade group is rounding up investors more interested in social good than eye-popping returns.David Steinwedell plans to leave his position…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Housing bonds may be put to work early

Proponents of three proposed low-income housing projects are looking forward to Thursday when the board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will announce which projects have been selected to receive housing tax credits.Two of the three projects ranked…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

The many balancing acts in Austin’s quest for affordable housing

When it comes to providing housing that is affordable to Austin’s poor and working-class residents, city leaders have very few tools at their disposal.The city is barred by state law from implementing the types of regulations that other major cities…

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

UT study, proposed task force would tackle residential displacement

With the issue of residents being priced out of their longtime neighborhoods becoming a topic of discussion in most city initiatives, Mayor Steve Adler said the time has come to tackle the issue directly. That was what prompted Adler to…

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Labor shortages, construction costs make it tough to build affordable homes in Austin

The rising cost of construction has made it harder to build affordable homes in Central Austin, housing analysts said after the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin released its midyear housing forecast Thursday.Researchers expressed general optimism about the growth Austin…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT likely to ditch transect zones

One of the key concepts underpinning the proposed revamp of the city’s land development code will likely not be included in the next draft of the proposal, city staff informed City Council members Wednesday.The team responsible for drafting the new…

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission pushes for more affordable large apartments to increase school enrollment

Problems are rarely solved by doing what’s typical. That was the motto steering the Planning Commission at its most recent meeting, when members chose not to accept a proposal for a multifamily development with the usual shortage of three-bedroom apartments.Commissioners…

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Study could shed more light on housing discrimination in Central Texas

The federal Fair Housing Act aims to protect people from discrimination when renting, buying or financing a home. Despite those protections, the reality is that housing discrimination persists in many cities, and today City Council will consider a review of…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

City code enforcement suit may eliminate affordable units

For weeks, tenants at Orchard Plaza apartments in Windsor Park have been evacuating the premises following a contempt order against the owners for substandard housing conditions. Meanwhile, the question of whether the property will continue to provide affordable housing is…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council to consider tool that would bring permanently affordable housing to East Austin

Today, City Council is set to consider implementing a tool that would bring more affordable housing units to the east side. It’s called a community land trust, and it could create homes that remain affordable for decades to come.If approved,…

Friday, June 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Overriding staff reservations, Commissioners Court OKs affordable housing project

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday gave its blessing to a low-income apartment project despite reservations from staff and a nonprofit that advocates for fair housing.At question was the proposed Del Valle 969 Apartments, a development planned to be…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Is ‘missing middle’ housing still missing from CodeNEXT?

Jake Wegmann, an assistant professor of housing and real estate at the University of Texas, stood on the sidewalk in Mueller, a large mixed-use development on the site of Austin’s old airport. He pointed across the street to a string…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

What is ‘missing middle’ housing?

Annette Naish used to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, traveling across the U.S. responding to natural disasters.“I found out that in this country there are some of the most wonderful people in the history of the Western world,”…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying.The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its powers…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council members consider ways to refine Strategic Housing Plan

In recent weeks, the release of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan has faced scrutiny as well as garnered support at public meetings. The plan aims to address the city’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. Tomorrow,…

Monday, April 3, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin plan sets goals for more affordable housing. But where should it go?

City Council is set to vote this week on whether to adopt the city’s first-ever housing plan. The plan aims to address Austin’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. But apart from encouraging more affordable housing,…

Friday, March 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Affordable units to rely on third party agreements

City Council on Thursday approved on second reading zoning changes allowing the owners of two South Congress properties to build vertical mixed-use projects with deep affordability for some residents, but the developers will be looking for a private partner to…

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