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In the Works (masthead)
June 2016 EDITION
 
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
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June is National Homeownership Month, but the American dream of homeownership is increasingly out of reach for Austinites. According to the Austin Board of Realtors, the median home price in Austin was $355,000 last month. Considering the median family income for a four-person household in the City of Austin is $77,800, what are the options for these families?
 
We are fortunate in the city of Austin to have some innovative opportunities for moderate-income, first-time homebuyers. Local nonprofit partners are offering affordable homeownership through creative strategies.  
 
This month, we feature the Liao family who recently purchased their first home through the Mueller Development’s affordable housing program. Mueller is the realization of the broader vision for a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Austin.  
 
When affordable housing is woven seamlessly into neighborhoods, the whole community wins.  Neighborhoods that include a range of housing types – rental and ownership – for a range of households are both resilient and sustainable. Read the entire Director's message on our website. 

 

-- Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin

 
Citizens Hit the Streets in Discuss Possible Code Changes
Mueller Redevelopment - A Blueprint for the Future
If you have any doubt about how important research and planning are, look no further than the Mueller redevelopment. Years before the last plane landed at Robert Mueller Airport, City and community leaders were exploring how to turn 700 acres of prime City-owned land into a model for diversity, affordability and efficiency in housing. In this Keep Austin Affordable video feature, we take a look at what makes Mueller work and we meet some of its newest homeowners. Watch it here.
      
Walk the Talk
Dream of Affordable Home Ownership is Reality in Westgate Grove
The Kellers, pictured here, say Westgate Grove is quickly developing into a friendly, tight-knit community. More than a dozen new homeowners have moved into the affordable development in southwest Austin, and eventually it will be home to more than 140 families who earn less than 80% of the median family income. It's all made possible by HomeBase, a subsidiary of Austin Habitat for Humanity, and with help from the 2013 housing bonds. Click here to learn more about Westgate Grove and view a photo gallery.
      
Jeremiah Program's Moody Campus

Let's Explore the Connection Between Housing and Health - SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
With the opening of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, there has never been a better time to understand the challenges and opportunities around creating and investing in vibrant, healthy, mixed-income communities. Make plans to join HousingWorks Austin, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Children's Optimal Health for a series of vital presentations and discussions. Find out more on our website. 
     
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