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September 2016 EDITION
 
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
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We have housing and health on our minds! With our November 17th summit Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity less than two months away, we are talking a lot about the intersection of housing and health equity in our community. It’s a compelling topic. As this month’s Keep Austin Affordable video demonstrates, stable and affordable housing can lead to healthier lives. Thank you to our partners at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and Front Steps for sharing their residents’ stories.

Please make sure to register for our November 17th summit and spread the word! The countdown has begun – only 10 more days until early bird registration (and deep discounts) end.

The summit will create important conversations and collaborations between housing and community development professionals, health care professionals, and financial institutions. With the opening of the Dell Seton Medical School at the University of Texas, the dialogue around housing and health has never been more timely. You can find out more about the summit, including registration information, speaker bios, sponsorship information, and the full agenda, on our website: 
http://housingworksaustin.org/summit/  We hope to see you there!


-- Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin

 
Gloria and Rodney
Public and Homeless Housing Kicking the Smoking Habit
It has been a little over a year since one of the main sponsors of our November 17th Housing + Health Summit, The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), took a stand to protect the health of its tenants. HACA prohibited smoking in its units and on its properties except in designated areas. In this Keep Austin Affordable feature, we find out why many tenants who had been angry about the change are now extremely thankful, and how Front Steps plans to implement a ban on smoking at the ARCH homeless shelter next month. Watch it here. 
Register Early for Summit
Only TEN Days Left for Early Bird Registration!
Make plans to join us November 17th as national and Austin area experts explore the link between housing and health. How can safe, decent and affordable housing be like medicine for families and communities, and what are the best strategies for funding health initiatives for low-to-moderate income residents? It's a discussion that's especially critical for Austin. Scholarships are still available. For more information on the event and how to register early, visit our website
            
Tai Chi at Wildflower Terrace
Tai Chi, other Health Initiatives Keep Wildflower Residents Balanced
Summit sponsor DMA Companies understands there's great value in offering health initiatives to residents of a housing community. DMA owns and operates Wildflower Terrace, an affordable apartment building for seniors in the Mueller Development. Tai Chi is just one of the health programs at Wildflower Terrace. To learn more, visit our website.   
canditates Forum
Council Candidates Forum Focuses on Affordable Housing
The Austin Housing Coalition and Austin Women in Housing Candidates Forum allowed incumbents to tout their resumes and challengers to voice their wish lists on the topics of affordable housing, code enforcement and the Land Development Code. Find a recap of the forum on our website. 
      
     
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