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     On behalf of HousingWorks Austin, I am pleased to introduce our inaugural monthly newsletter. We're committed to keeping you better informed about the work we're doing to create a brighter future for Austin. Below you will read about some exciting new initiatives and developing policies. Be sure to click the links to read the full versions of the stories on our website. Thanks for your support and your commitment to keeping Austin affordable.
Mandy DeMayo, Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin
HousingWorks Austin is working hard to ensure that affordability is integrated into CodeNEXT,  the process to rewrite Austin’s out-of-date and cumbersome Land Development Code (LDC). How can affordability be part of the Land Developement Code?
  • By including development incentives in exchange for community benefits including affordability in strategic areas across the city.
  • By ensuring that publicly-owned land developed for residential purposes has meaningful affordability requirements.
  • By encouraging residential density that includes access to jobs, recreation and multimodal transportation.
  • By promoting diverse housing types that respond to the needs of people including seniors, singles and families with children.
CodeNEXT advisory groups are currently tackling affordability as well as infill, compatibility and the missing middle class. Care about these issues? Learn more and get involved.
HousingWorks Austin is pleased to announce that the Keep Austin Affordable (KAA) campaign will continue as a program of HousingWorks.  KAA was very successful in educating Austin voters about the benefits of supporting the $65 million bond proposal for affordable housing. Through KAA, we will share success stories and  inform citizens about how they can show their support for affordable housing. Visit our Keep Austin Affordable page to learn more.
HousingWorks Austin Research

HousingWorks is working on timely research on affordability at the local level.  In 2014, HousingWorks Austin released several reports, including an analysis of our local jobs-housing balance and nationwide best practices in housing the hardest to serve. In addition, HousingWorks developed a comprehensive, forward-thinking affordable housing preservation policy. In fall 2014, City Council adopted our recommendation for preserving 20,000 rental units in the next 20 years.
Amplify Affordability
 
Amplify Austin is happening March 5-6, 2015. Come see an accessible Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation home and rub elbows with fellow “housers” at an Amplify Austin kickoff party hosted by HousingWorks Austin, ECHO and Guadalupe NDC. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Join us! View our Amplify Austin page.
Source of Income Protection

In December 2014, at the urging of HousingWorks Austin and a wide coalition of housing advocates, Austin City Council unanimously approved an ordinance adding “source of income” to the list of locally protected classes. The new ordinance outlaws discrimination against voucher holders solely because of their source of income. So, just like landlords cannot discriminate against people of color, families, with children, seniors, and people with disabilities, among other protected classes, people who use vouchers are equally protected.
 
The aforementioned newly-expanded fair housing ordinance is being challenged legally, with a decision expected in late February. Read the latest
Source of Income updates.
More Affordability Happenings


Feb 13 - CodeNEXT Working Group "Code Issues for Affordability"

February 18 - Austin Housing Coalition Monthly Meeting

Feb 23 - CodeNEXT Working Group "Code Issues for Affordability"

Feb 27 - Women in Housing Monthly Breakfast

March 3 - CodeNEXT Working Group "Code Issues for Affordability"

March 4 - HousingWorks & Center for Sustainable Development present “Creating Healthy Communities"

March 5 - 6 - Amplify Austin

April 1 - HousingWorks – ULI Austin Technical Assistance Panel “Missing Middle”


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