Residents across Austin are feeling the pinch and struggling to make ends meet. Many in Austin are simply unable to find housing that is affordable. What should we do?
With housing prices continuing to rise at an alarming rate, we need a strategic housing plan for meeting the needs of people who call Austin home. So, that is what we are doing with the Austin Housing Plan, an effort that launched in March 2016 and will run through June 2016.
Austin Housing Plan
Our goal is to increase housing choices available to all Austinites. The Austin Housing Plan will include numerical goals, timelines, and strategies to maintain and create affordable housing for a range of incomes throughout the city, as envisioned in Imagine Austin.
The plan will help align resources, ensure a unified strategic direction, and help facilitate community partnerships to achieve this shared vision. The Plan will explore funding mechanisms, potential regulations, and other creative approaches the City of Austin should utilize to achieve housing goals.
Is this the Annual Action Plan?
No, the Annual Action Plan of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development focuses on federal funding through four U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) formula grants. This annual action plan required by the federal government is more limited in scope than the Austin Housing Plan; the good news is these plans will complement each other.
For more information on the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Action Plan, including how to comment on the DRAFT document, click here (in English) or here (in Spanish).
To view the DRAFT Fiscal Year 2016-17 Action Plan, click here. The public comment period ends June 24, 2016.
The Austin Housing Plan will address these topics and we want to hear from you.
How might the City ensure that the youth of today can afford to live in Austin in the future?
How can the City positively influence and increase housing choice across the community for all residents?
The cost of housing is inter-connected with community decisions around job access, parking, permitting, and housing types allowed. What actions should be taken now to impact housing availability today and in the future?
1. Community Events - From March 29th through May 3rd the City of Austin's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office hosted 13 community events in all 10 council districts.
2. Housing Conversation Kit is a unique opportunity for groups to provide input for Austin’s Housing Plan. Anyone can be a host and lead a small-group discussion with self-guided activities designed to capture your ideas. Click here to download the kit. To request a kit be mailed to you, click hereand please provide an address to which the kit can be mailed. Please submit completed Housing Conversation Kits by Friday May 27th.
3.Austin Housing Survey on household affordability is now closed.