Tag Archives: City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department

Monday, August 1, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Chokeholds and other chaos

More here, more to come… On Friday, the Austin Monitor broke the story about a series of disturbing complaints at the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department. As astute readers might have guessed, we weren’t able to include all…

Friday, July 29, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Sexual harassment and retaliation claims haunt Austin’s housing department

By Jo Clifton, Cate Malek and Elizabeth PaganoCity of Austin documents show that employees in the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department have made numerous complaints involving inappropriate behavior, a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation over the past…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Ott announces Spencer’s retirement

City Manager Marc Ott sent a memo to City Council late Monday informing it that Betsy Spencer, the embattled director of the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, has decided to retire.Ott’s memo to the mayor and Council did…

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 audit…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Tenant relocation assistance program moves forward

In recognition of urgent community need, the Planning Commission’s Committee on Codes and Ordinances voted unanimously to push forward with a proposed tenant relocation assistance program, despite the lack of a draft ordinance at the meeting.As requested by City Council…

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…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City audit finds trouble with affordable housing

A city audit has found that Austin does not have an effective strategy to meet its current affordable housing needs.The audit of the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department found that NHCD “has not adopted a clear goal, established timelines,…

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…

Monday, July 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Housing investment collaborative advancing quietly

Back in April, when Mayor Steve Adler made his first state of the city address, he noted a troubling statistic: Austin is the most economically segregated big city in the United States. In particular, that statistic applies to housing, with…

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…

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman struggles to stop subsidized housing

There are only two subsidized housing developments in City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s District 6, as compared to 47 in Council Member Ora Houston’s District 1 and 46 in Council Member Pio Renteria’s District 3, according to data compiled by…

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Scheduling delays affordable housing approval

An affordable housing project in North Austin will have to wait a little longer for official city approval. Though the Austin Housing Finance Corporation board of directors seemed poised to approve the project last Thursday, a procedural absurdity held up…

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners consider joining city study of affordable housing

A request to join with the City of Austin in a housing market study turned into a lengthy and sometimes philosophical discussion of affordable housing at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.   The item was an interlocal agreement with…

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Changes likely coming for Water Utility impact fees

Members of the Austin City Council began their periodic review of a set of fees set by the Austin Water Utility for new development with a fair amount of skepticism.   At last week’s work session, Mayor Lee Leffingwell raised…

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