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Tag Archives: affordable housing

Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Court denies injunction against Foundation Communities

How much havoc can one neighbor wreak on a $20 million affordable housing project backed by federal, state and local governments and nonprofits? Potentially, quite a bit.On Tuesday, Foundation Communities avoided potential disaster for its Bluebonnet Studios on South Lamar…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Appraisal district, Mueller folks air differences

Some owners of affordable housing in the Mueller development have seen their homes’ appraised values double since 2013.One of those homeowners is Janeka Rector, whose home was appraised at $179,000 last year. Next year it will be appraised at more…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council may revamp affordable housing policy

City Council will pick up a proposal today that Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo hopes will lead to more on-site affordable housing in future developments throughout the city. Based on a discussion at a work session on Tuesday, however, it…

Monday, October 5, 2015 by Stephen Carlson

Committee zeros in on affordable housing

Lack of affordable housing, an issue that continued to plague Austin during the boom times of the last decade, was the main focus at the last Housing and Community Development Committee meeting.The city of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development…

Friday, September 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

HousingWorks breaks down Austin’s affordability

For the second year, HousingWorks Austin has taken a close look at the city’s household affordability crisis in each City Council District.The study has found some startling disparities. Perhaps the greatest contrast is the difference in distribution of subsidized housing…

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Affordable housing project loses momentum

A proposed affordable housing project in northern Travis County is facing stiffening political headwinds thanks to tenacious lobbying from neighbors whose efforts have brought county commissioners to the brink of yanking their support for the project.Acting in their capacity as…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council poised to revisit density bonus programs

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is moving forward with a proposal to take a closer look at the city’s density bonus programs and at whether it’s a good idea to eliminate the fee-in-lieu option that allows developers to pay into…

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

RECA report on affordability blames city, neighbors

As the city struggles to provide development review services needed to ensure that its many regulations are being followed, the Real Estate Council of Austin reports that “Austin is steadily losing ground in its efforts to become a ‘beacon of…

Friday, July 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Affordable housing approved in East Austin

The board of commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and its subsidiaries gave final public approval Thursday to a new affordable housing development in East Austin.Called the Reserve at Springdale, the development will be located at…

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Making affordable housing plans for Austin

While most of the state focused on the meaning and aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision related to same-sex marriage, affordable housing advocates were riveted by a case brought by the Inclusive Communities Project of Dallas, which sued the…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves East Austin land trusts

Affordability was in fashion at last week’s City Council meeting. In the midst of talk about homestead exemptions and homestead preservation districts, Council members also revisited another strategy the city has used to create affordable housing. And, as has been…

Friday, May 29, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee reacts to affordable housing study

A new study presented to the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee Wednesday prompted members to question how much the city should regulate rental practices in order to generate more affordable housing and to safeguard renters’ rights.Conducted by the…

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Affordable housing bans smoking, possibly truancy

Board commissioners with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin approved a motion Thursday that will change the leasing requirements for its public housing tenants.Now, if residents are caught smoking more than four times in non-designated areas, they will be…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Springdale apartment complex appeal denied

City Council has rejected an appeal by DeWayne Lofton, who was seeking to overturn a decision of the Planning Commission to grant a conditional use permit for an affordable housing complex at 5905 Springdale Road.Lofton, president of Pecan Springs/Springdale Neighborhood…

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