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In the Works (masthead)
SEPTEMBER 2015 EDITION
Mandy DeMayo, HousingWorks Austin Executive Director
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

I was proud to represent HousingWorks Austin last week as the LBJ School of Public Affairs marked the 50th anniversary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this era of political gridlock, it was refreshing to look back on how Congress and President Lyndon Baines Johnson worked together to create affordable housing for low-income Americans and smart growth for neglected neighborhoods.

One of HUD's first big victories was the financing of the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center in Austin. RBJ has been an integral part of Austin for more than 40 years, providing much-needed affordable housing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. In response to Austin’s growing population – and rapidly increasing senior population – Austin Geriatric Center, Inc. has ambitious plans for improvements and expansion of RBJ. We're bringing you the latest on those plans and introducing you to one of the center's very passionate and talented residents.

 
Affordable Housing and Expansion at Rebekah Baines Johnson Center
Singing the Praises of Affordable Housing, Expansion at RBJ Center

Eighty-year-old Barbara Freyermuth has plenty to sing about these days. She has her own high-rise apartment with a stunning view of the Austin skyline. Soon her apartment in the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center  will be fully renovated, and the rent will still fall within her budget. Visit our website to hear Barbara talk about why she enjoys living at RBJ and get the latest on Austin Geriatric Center, Inc.'s plans to renovate the historic retirement community. 
     
Sizing up Household Affordability in Austin District-by-District

HousingWorks Austin is committed to providing City and community leaders with the information they need to bring more affordable housing options to all areas of Austin. Once again, we have researched the demographics of all 10 Council districts. Which areas lack affordable housing, and which areas are seeing a rise in poverty and home prices? Get answers to those questions and more on our website. 
 
HousingWorks Austin, ABoR Team Up to Host City Council Bus Tour

With a new mayor and 10 new council members comes new challenges. On September 3rd, HousingWorks Austin and Austin Board of Realtors hosted a bus tour for the Council. We toured some of the innovative affordable housing developments in central and east Austin and shared information about them. Read more about the tour and view a photo gallery on our website.
     
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