Tag Archives: Homestead Preservation District

Friday, February 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Council kicks off new year with measures aimed at affordability

In its first official meeting since the election, City Council unanimously approved several measures aimed at Austin’s growing affordability crisis.In an attempt to increase funding for affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying part of East Austin, Council approved a change…

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, 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…

Friday, January 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City discovers problem with homestead districts

Since 2007, Austin has attempted to create several homestead preservation districts in low-income areas in order to fund more affordable housing and help people living below the poverty line stay in their homes. However, only one – District A –…

Monday, March 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Affordable housing manuever loses at City Hall

Though it earned the respect of some Planning commissioners, an attempt to leverage a site plan extension for more affordable housing on the near-east side didn’t pay off last week.At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, Nikki Hoelter, who works in…

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 affordability…

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Committee seeks data on homestead district

The City Council Housing and Community Development Committee took a small step forward Wednesday toward funding affordable housing within the Homestead Preservation District in Central East Austin and possibly elsewhere. However, committee members did not pick a financing mechanism and still…

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members ponder high cost of Highland area renovations

There was widespread support at Tuesday’s work session for the renovations already underway at Highland Mall. But the hefty price tag that will most likely accompany that redevelopment had some City Council members concerned that the city could be overextending…

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council to study homestead preservation districts to boost affordability

Austin City Council members are set to consider a measure today instructing city staff to begin evaluating whether the city could use homestead preservation districts as a tool to promote affordability. Council Member Mike Martinez is the sponsor of the…

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Complaint targets city’s role in promoting fair housing

A citizen’s complaint filed with the City Of Austin Thursday is demanding that officials take steps to reverse the city’s “patterns of housing segregation established during its origins as a racist, Southern city,” and take immediate action to end de…

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