In the Works (masthead)
December 2016 EDITION

I am fortunate to be in Washington, DC at the National Housing Conference’s “How Housing Matters” and “Solutions 2016” gatherings. It has been great to hear from national leaders in affordable housing about a range of important topics, including financing, partnerships, politics, and collaborations. The experience has enforced for me the importance of housing as a platform for success in non-housing areas. 
Read the entire Director’s Message on our website.
Featured below in this newsletter is our 2016-2017 annual booklet, which highlights the intersections of housing and non-housing outcomes. It’s a simple equation – Housing PLUS Health, Education, Transportation and Economic Opportunity EQUALS Housing that Works! 
HousingWorks has had significant accomplishments this year, including an
analysis of jobs and housing by city council district, and an analysis of health outcomes and affordable housing across the five-county region. We also co-hosted our largest event to date in November, Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity. The summit brought together more than 300 community leaders to learn from both national and local experts about the social determinants of health and the connection to affordable, stable housing.
2017 promises to be another important and busy year. We are thankful to have many committed partners like you helping us ensure that Austin is a more affordable and inclusive community!

-- Mandy De Mayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin

Booklet Explores the Connection Between Housing and Other Issues
Studies show communities not only need adequate housing stock which its residents can afford, but that that housing should also offer them access to quality health initiatives and health care, educational opportunities, efficient transportation and economic opportunities. In our annual booklet, we explore how these issues work together and what's being done, and can be done, to ensure families and individuals have success in all critical areas. View the booklet here
Maintaining Momentum
Housing + Health Summit Points the Way Forward
Our November 17th event brought together more than 300 community leaders from the social services, health and finance sectors to learn about the social determinants of health and what actions we can take to ensure that we create and maintain healthy, vibrant, mixed-income communities. Visit our website to learn about the insight that was shared by our expert speakers and panelists and view full-length videos of every session. 
Health + Housing County Analyses 2016 
Which Central Texas county has the highest life expectancy? Which counties have high rates of obesity and diabetes? In this research, we delve into the health characteristics of five Central Texas counties and compare that with economic factors like cost of living, income, housing prices and the availability of affordable housing. As with real estate, it's all about location. See our findings here.
Affordable Housing Bonds Show Huge Return on Investment 
Three years ago, HousingWorks commissioned a study that found the general obligation affordable housing bonds passed in 2006 would yield $865 million in economic impact for the Austin area in ten years. Are we faring as well with the bonds passed in 2013 in terms of housing, jobs and revenue? Find out in our newly released study from Civic Economics on our website. 
Strategic Housing Plan
Get Informed, get involved with Austin's goals for Housing
The City of Austin’s department of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development released the Draft of the Strategic Housing plan on December 5, 2016. The plan will provide future goals for affordable housing, suggest strategies to achieve these goals, and establish means by which to assess the accomplishment of the goals. On December 9, staff presented the draft to the City of Austin Housing and Community Development Committee. Staff will seek additional input from the City’s commissions and the public as they move forward with the process of adopting the plan. Click here to view the draft plan.
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