Priority Program 6: Develop and Maintain Household Affordability Throughout Austin
Rising housing and related costs are major issues facing Austinites. A comprehensive approach is needed to define and provide household affordability for Austinites. In order to maintain and increase household affordability, this priority program will take into consideration not only household costs such as mortgage, rent, and utilities but also transportation and access to daily and weekly needs as essential and inter-related components of household affordability.
Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (Erica Leak - Program Champion); Planning and Zoning; Economic Development; Health and Human Services; Austin Code
For additional information about this priority program, see page 201 of Imagine Austin, or contact the Planning and Zoning Department liaison.
Ending Veteran Homelessness: Austin has created a system to ensure that "functional zero" for veteran homelessness can be maintained, meaning that, at any point in time, the number of veterans experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness wil be no greater than the current monthly housing placement rate for veterans experiencing homelessness. The community continues to work with the US Interagency Council on Homelessness to finalize the required documentation. This achievement is partially a result of Austin's participation in the national Mayors' Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The Austin effort involves a coalition of government, non-profit, for-profit, and real estate organizations.
Austin Housing Plan: Austin's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has developed a draft Housing Plan, which includes 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 proposes aligning resources, ensuring a unified strategic direction, and helping facilitate community partnerships to achieve this shared vision.
Fair Housing/ CodeNEXT Analysis: City Council adopted a resolution in December 2015 directing the city manager to analyze the potential for the CodeNEXT land development code revisions to affirmatively further fair housing, giving low and moderate income residents housing choices in high opportunity and gentrifying areas. The resolution also recommends that the code include as many affordable housing options as possible for Austinites at various income levels and household sizes. The analysis will inform the code and the code mapping process. The Code Prescription on Household Affordability contains further details.