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Tag Archives: affordable housing

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…

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects dense project on narrow street

For developer Ross Wilson at PSW Real Estate and lobbyist Glen Coleman, downzoning the junkyard at 2413 Thornton Road from commercial services to Multifamily-4 seemed like a no-brainer.But because of the narrow neighborhood street and the increased traffic a 70-unit…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Affordability plan before Council emphasizes housing needs

City Council members are hoping to make good on promises to create a more affordable Austin. Or, at the very least, ratify a plan to.Council members will vote on an “affordability action plan” at their regular meeting Thursday. The measure,…

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

When the loss of a historic home adds to much-needed housing stock

Reedy Spigner, 45, straddles a gray carpet strewn with empty glass bottles and pieces of tape – just some of the things left behind in a move. In front of him is an entire wall of windows. From there, he…

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo advances amid accusations of broken promises

After years in the making, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo is only one vote away from its ultimate fate.City Council on Thursday night gave second-reading approval to the zoning change that will clear the way for the project,…

Monday, February 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Tax credits could provide big increase in affordable housing units on Goodrich Ave.

With the assistance of the state and federal government, Pathways at Goodrich Place, a public housing complex at 2126 Goodrich Ave., may soon have more than three times as many apartment units serving residents who otherwise couldn’t afford to live…

Monday, February 6, 2017 by Cate Malek

Elysium Park gets initial Council approval, despite neighborhood opposition

For those wondering why building affordable housing in Austin is going so slowly, the Elysium Park development has been a case study of many of the tensions City Council is facing in its attempts to keep low-income people from fleeing…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

How do demolitions affect Austin’s affordable housing stock?

As Austin grapples with its affordability crisis, much of the focus has been on how city leaders can incentivize developers to build new housing that includes units reserved for residents at certain income levels.Some city leaders, however, suggest that the…

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission approves Plaza Saltillo project, affordability level disputed

After what Chair Stephen Olivier called “officially our longest case ever,” the Planning Commission approved three rezoning items associated with the six tracts of the Plaza Saltillo project at its Jan. 10 meeting.The properties, owned by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs more funds for east side housing

Acting as the board of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, City Council on Thursday approved an additional $992,000 to a loan for the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation to help the company build affordable housing at 1212, 1301 and 1309 Chicon…

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Pilot Knob zoning approved without fee waivers

With the threat of litigation hanging over their heads, City Council members on Thursday gave final approval to zoning for the Southeast Travis County Pilot Knob/Easton Park development. The vote was 9-1-1, with Council Member Don Zimmerman voting no and…

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