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Renteria and Casar recommend plan to fight economic segregation

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Kayleigh Hughes

On Monday’s Housing and Community Development Committee meeting, City Council members Pio Renteria and Greg Casar recommended a package of 10 policy directives to Council aimed at combating community displacement and promoting inclusivity in the face of Austin’s growing economic segregation. The policies include: strengthening affordable housing requirements in Council-established homestead preservation districts, giving lower-income homeowners tools so they’re no longer forced to choose between paying an untenable amount of their income on property taxes or selling their home, creating opportunities to commit more funding toward affordable housing and a variety of other strategies. Renteria spoke on the subject, saying, “Change is inevitable, but unless this Council is daring and proactive, the change our city is undergoing will not be equitable.” Casar and Renteria have worked together in the past to fight for equality and inclusivity in Austin, leading the charge on a November plan approved by Council to invest a significant portion of future property tax revenue in affordable housing construction and rehabilitation in rapidly gentrifying parts of Austin. The package recommended during Monday’s meeting will be voted on by the full Council at its June 16 meeting.

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