In the Works (masthead)
Mandy DeMayo, HousingWorks Austin Executive Director

We focus a lot on the increasing cost of rental housing in Austin, and for good reason.  Austin is a majority renter city, and rents are at an all-time high. But, with median home sales prices at historic levels, homeownership is growing increasingly out of reach for working families.

In July, CAPCOG reported that while the homeownership rate in the Austin metropolitan area is on the upswing, there is a critical shortage of homes for sale at the lower end of the pricing scale. Fortunately, the City of Austin, in partnership with local area nonprofits, is creating homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income families. Austin Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated construction of its 400th affordable home. Congratulations! We have dedicated much of this newsletter to the issue of affordable homeownership and the creative ways in which our community is making homeownership a reality for Austin families.

-- Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin


Affordable Housing and Expansion at Rebekah Baines Johnson Center
Austin Habitat for Humanity Helps Flood Victim Reach New Heights
October 31st will mark the two-year anniversary of the Onion Creek flood that damaged or destroyed more than 500 homes in Southeast Austin. Widow Sylvia Gonzales was rescued from the floodwater. Now, Austin Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers are rescuing her a second time, helping her become a homeowner once again. Watch her story.
Community Land Trust Program Makes the Grade with Two Teachers

Austin ISD teachers Robert Aleman and Katie Heuer desperately wanted to buy a nice home in a good part of East Austin so they could raise their daughter near family and be closer to work. They continued to fail because of the area's soaring home prices. Then, they heard about Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation's Community Land Trust Program. Read their story.
City's Community Land Trust Program Harvesting New Homebuyers

Low-to-moderate income families are realizing their dream of home ownership in a popular part of East Austin thanks to the City of Austin's new Community Land Trust (CLT) program and assistance from housing nonprofit Frameworks Community Development Corporation. Read more.
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