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


     With Memorial Day just behind us, we have been thinking a lot about veterans at HousingWorks. Many of them served our country overseas only to face their greatest challenges here at home. Current data shows Austin has 234 homeless veterans, nearly half of them living on the streets. But there is hope on the horizon. In this newsletter, we're focusing on some of the positive things happening in Austin for our vets.
 
– Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin
Thomas family shares its story about overcoming homelessness
 
A Veteran Family Finds Strength and Help to Beat Homelessness

One of the best things about Austin is the many nonprofits the city has to help people in need and the generous residents who support them. Health and employment challenges left former Marine Darryl Thomas and his family unable to afford the rent on their Austin apartment. Darryl swallowed his pride and reached out for help and Foundation for the Homeless responded. Watch the family's Keep Austin Affordable feature on our blog.
 
Housing Austin's Homeless Veterans - OneKeyATX

Mayor Steve Adler has joined leaders across the country to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. ECHO (the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition) is leading the local effort with a multi-pronged strategy, including the OneKeyATX initiative.Through OneKeyATX, ECHO is asking property owners and landlords to commit one rental unit to homeless veterans and their families who may have rental barriers. Read more about OneKeyATX and hear from a recipient here.
 

 
A Firsthand Look at Community First! Village
On June 4th, HousingWorks Austin Board members, staff and supporters were treated to a guided tour of Community First! Village, the innovative, 27-acre project Mobile Loaves & Fishes is building just Northeast of Austin. Community First! will be home to about 250 of Austin's chronically homeless individuals. Many of those residents will be veterans. Our guide was the charismatic leader of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Alan Graham, who was very candid about the plans for the community. Read more and view a photo gallery on our blog.
                 
 
City to Consider ADUs as Affordable Housing Solution - June 18
This Thursday, June 18th, Austin City Council will consider an ordinance amending provisions of the land development code related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The goal is to reduce the regulatory barriers to the development of ADUs. Visit our blog to learn about the changes the council is considering. 
 

Fair Housing Efforts Defeated

The legislative session wrapped up with lawmakers banning local governments from establishing ordinances to prohibit landlords from discriminating against applicants based on subsidized sources of income such as Section 8 vouchers. This is a crushing defeat for Austin's Source of Income Protection ordinance. READ MORE HERE.  
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