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Deadline nears for feedback on Austin’s Strategic Housing Plan

Mayor Steve Adler, City of AustinAustinites have until Aug. 10 to comment about the draft Austin Strategic Housing Plan that will shape housing goals for the next decade.

The public can comment online or attend a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Austin Community College’s South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane.

Austinites can also provide feedback on the draft Strategic Housing Plan:

The draft plan can be viewed at www.austintexas.gov/HousingPlan or copies are available at the libraries.

The draft Austin Strategic Housing Plan recommends policies and programs to achieve 10-year housing goals. These will be achieved through new funding mechanisms, regulatory changes and creative approaches. The plan was presented to the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee on June 6, 2016.

The plan designates an overall goal of 75,000 new homes over the next 10 years, with 35,000 of those affordable to households earning 80% or less of the median family income (MFI), about $62,000 per year income for a family of four.

The Plan also recommends that City Council adopt a goal for each Austin ZIP code to have:

  • At least 10% of rental housing units that are affordable to households earning at or below 30% MFI or $24,300 or less for a four-person household in 2016.
  • At least 25% of ownership housing units that are affordable to households earning at or below 120% MFI or $93,360 or less for a four-person household in 2016.

The housing plan also sets goals for the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department to provide family-friendly housing and housing near high-frequency transit systems in Austin.

These goals are to be accomplished through the following policy recommendations:

  • Prevent households from being priced out of Austin.
  • Create new and affordable housing choices for all Austinites in all parts of town.
  • Foster equitable communities.
  • Invest in housing for those most in need.
  • Help Austinites reduce their transportation costs.

City staff will present an updated Draft Austin Housing Plan and summary of public input to the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee on Sept. 15. This meeting will be open to the public and will air on ATXN. It is anticipated that the plan will be brought to City Council for potential adoption late this fall.

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