Tag Archives: Austin City Council Housing and Community Development Committee

Thursday, October 7, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Housing and Planning Committee examines barriers to ADU construction

The city’s Housing and Planning Committee met Tuesday to discuss the regulations for accessory dwelling units, secondary housing units located somewhere on a residential lot. As Austin’s housing crisis persists and the median sale price of homes continues to rise, ADUs…

Thursday, June 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

With the help of city subsidies, over 3,000 affordable homes are in the pipeline

The Housing and Planning Department presented an update on the city’s development subsidy programs for affordable housing at Tuesday’s Housing and Planning Committee. “We know that it’s not enough, but we are proud of seeing that pipeline get filled,” said…

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Allow ‘diversity of housing types,’ ABoR tells Council

Representatives from the Austin Board of Realtors offered policy recommendations to City Council for ways to slow down the drastic increase in housing prices since the beginning of the pandemic. The latest housing market statistics are “dramatic,” as Jeni Williams, ABoR’s…

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

On the heels of Prop B, housing committee supports rehousing 3,000 people in 3 years

The Housing and Planning Committee on Monday supported the main goal of Austin’s recent homelessness summit – rehousing 3,000 people experiencing homelessness within three years.  The committee voted unanimously to recommend City Council approve a resolution turning the goal, created by…

Friday, March 12, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Project Connect, anti-displacement funding made available

The Housing and Planning Committee convened on March 11, fielding discussion about anti-displacement funding, including $300 million from Project Connect tax revenue. The anti-displacement strategies discussed mostly involved using the money to acquire and preserve property in key locations for…

Friday, September 11, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City’s RENT 2.0 program ramps up

After its launch earlier this summer, the second round of the city’s rental assistance program is gaining steam. The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program provides direct rental assistance to residents financially hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City unveils affordable housing and transit dashboard ahead of Project Connect

With a historic investment in public transit and affordable housing on the Nov. 3 ballot, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has launched an interactive map to track proximity of income-restricted housing stock to potential stations along the city’s…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Housing committee talks scaling rental assistance program

The city’s Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT program, which was announced last month, will be distributing $1.26 million in direct payments to landlords by Friday, May 15. The one-time relief will cover rent payments for at least…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City tightens standards for housing development assistance loans

The Austin Housing Finance Corporation plans to be more selective with loan applications and partnerships for its Rental Housing Development Assistance and Ownership Housing Development Assistance programs in the coming years. The programs offer loans to developers promising housing units…

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…

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,…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

After being stymied by Abbott, Council moves ahead on east side housing initiative

Hobbled by Gov. Greg Abbott in their attempts to create more homestead preservation districts that would set aside tax revenue for affordable housing in gentrifying areas, a number of City Council members are trying to maximize the impact of the…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs how to boost affordable housing program under CodeNEXT

City Council is trying to figure out how the latest draft of the proposed Land Development Code, known as CodeNEXT, could shape the future of affordable housing. At a meeting of the Housing and Planning Committee Tuesday, Council members drilled…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s first-ever housing plan hits City Hall

This week, city leaders released a draft of Austin’s first-ever strategic housing plan. Unlike broader visions for the city’s future, it focuses on how development will impact the housing supply. The plan is the direct result of a startling 2015…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee considers expanding proposed tenant relocation policy

Though the city of Austin currently has no formal policy for helping displaced tenants, change is on the way. And, after a meeting of the Housing and Community Development Committee, it looks like that policy could be expanded to offer…

Monday, February 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs more affordable housing funds

During last week’s State of Our City address, Mayor Steve Adler said it is projected that City Council will put $68.2 million into the city’s Housing Trust Fund over the next decade, not including funds from Pilot Knob. So where,…

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…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City inches Homestead Preservation Districts forward

Technically, Austin has had a Homestead Preservation District for years. Last week, City Council decided to do something about it. Council members voted 9-0-1 to move forward with actually using homestead preservation districts as yet another way of addressing Austin’s…

Friday, May 29, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

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…

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