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Austin included in regional fair housing assessment

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Beginning next year, Austin will join nine other nearby municipalities and regional housing authorities to do a comprehensive fair housing assessment of Central Texas. It’s part of the fulfillment of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development policy that requires these entities that receive federal funding to study their fair housing climates and make plans for improving them. Georgetown, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Travis County are among the other entities participating. In a press release dated Sept. 20, Rosie Truelove, the interim director of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, said, “This is a unique partnership among cities and counties in Central Texas, because fair housing issues and affordability challenges do not stop at city or county boundaries. Conducting this Assessment of Fair Housing on a regional scale means that we will be able to identify barriers to fair housing more holistically across the Austin area and hopefully be able to address related contributing factors.”

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