The Housing Department staff, in partnership with HousingWorks Austin, created a Scorecard to analyze and track the community’s progress toward reaching the affordable housing goals established in the Blueprint

The Scorecards measure goals outlined in the Strategic Housing Blueprint, including ensuring the creation, preservation, and equitable spread of affordable housing units across our City, while aiming to create affordability accessible to a wide range of incomes. This ambitious 10-year plan aimed to align resources and facilitate community partnerships around a single, strategic vision to create 60,000 affordable housing units for those making less than 80% of the median family income and fill the need for affordable housing throughout the city. Tese goals were strictly grounded in the established number of needed income-restricted units as demonstrated through the Housing Market Studies completed in the mid 2010’s. The Housing Department (formerly NHCD) calculated that $6 to $11 billion in additional resources would be needed to meet the total 60,000 unit goal when the plan was first established.  

The annual scorecard (published 6-12 months after the close of the reporting period) can help Austin track its efforts to sustainably achieve affordability goals, expand housing opportunities, and ensure Austin remains a livable city for all.

Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint Scorecards

2022 Scorecard

The 2022 Blueprint Scorecard and updated Progress to Date Scorecard see Austin reach the halfway point of the ten-year period outlined in goals from the Strategic Housing Blueprint adopted in 2017. The Strategic Housing Blueprint proposed a wide array of new policy tools to allow for a multi-faceted and collaborative approach for producing and preserving affordable housing over the next ten years. At the same time, the Blueprint acknowledged the need for innovative strategies to address challenges associated with limited resources, expanding regional coordination and partnerships, and legislative constraints. Read more about the 2022 Blueprint Scorecard data in the December 20, 2023 memo update.

2021 Scorecard

Key Takeaway: Austin continues to make progress toward meeting the 10-year goals laid out in the Strategic Housing Blueprint, particularly in constructing income-restricted units in High Opportunity Areas and preserving existing subsidized units, while production of new affordable housing units lags slightly. In 2021, the city exceeded its goal of building new housing units within a half-mile of Imagine Austin Centers and Corridors for the fourth year in a row. Over the past four years, the city has been most successful in meeting this goal, with 91% of all new housing units from 2018 to 2021 located within these areas. 

2020 Scorecard

Key Takeaway: The third iteration of the Blueprint Scorecard includes a Progress-to-Date Scorecard, which gives a cumulative overview of progress toward Blueprint goals over the past three years (2018 to 2020). The City of Austin had mixed results in 2020 in meeting its Blueprint goals. While improvement was made in 2020 from the previous two years on other key goals such as constructing income-restricted units in High Opportunity Areas and preserving existing subsidized units, greater progress is necessary to reach the desired benchmarks for all goals by 2028.

2019 Scorecard

Key Takeaway: The second iteration of the Blueprint Scorecard builds on the slow progress highlighted in the 2018 Blueprint Scorecard and shows that the City of Austin continues to meet some goals outlined in the Strategic Housing Blueprint, but still lags behind targets for many other metrics.

2018 Scorecard

Key Takeaway: The first iteration of the Blueprint Scorecard shows that although the City of Austin is making progress in supporting the values highlighted in the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint, additional efforts are required to address affordability challenges and to ensure housing for all.


Download the 2018-2021 Progress-to-Date Scorecard (PDF)