"...The number of homeless students in Austin ISD is rising sharply, according to the latest numbers released by non-profit group HousingWorks Austin...."
"...That sounds like a good place to start. One tool already available for helping to flesh out the preservation element of the plan is a strategic report, "Building and Retaining an Affordable Austin," released last year by HousingWorks Austin, a nonprofit that promotes affordable housing "through research, education and public policy change."..."
"... As preparations for next year's city bond election continued, a new coalition called HousingWorks called for tripling the $25 million so far proposed for affordable housing programs, and said they would collect 30,000 signatures to increase the bond funding. See below...."
"...Curiously, research done by affordable housing advocates HousingWorks has been wielded on both sides of the arguments. Michael Whellan, representing developer Spire Realty, noted that HousingWorks reported that only 1% of the city's subsidized housing (a category that includes all income-limited units) is located in District 10..."
"...Although Austin ISD's student population is on the decline, the number of homeless youth that fill its classrooms continues to rise, according to new data provided by HousingWorks Austin...."
"...A post-election poll conducted by nonprofits Austin HousingWorks and ECHO - Ending Community Homelessness Coalition – showed that about a fifth of those polled said that by the time they made their way down the lengthy ballot to Prop. 15, they were stumped by its vague, confusing language: "The issuance of $78,300,000 housing bonds and notes and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes." Say what, now? "They didn't know what it was..."
"..."Once you actually get into the units, you really see the limitations that the design and construction materials impose," said Mandy De Mayo, housing advocate of nonprofit HousingWorks. "There's a lot of physical limitations to the property..."
"...I've been pondering the contradictions of affordability more acutely since I spent a Saturday afternoon (Sept. 7) with more than 100 Austinites spinning contemporary variations on Blind Alfred Reed's Depression-era tune, "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" The "Affordability Summit" was sponsored by Liveable City, the Austin Creative Alliance, HousingWorks, Public Citizen Texas, and the Sustainable Food Center..."
"...Dear Editor, Regarding last week’s, “Then There's This: Campaign Cash” [Nov. 23], the Chronicle wrote, “It bears repeating over and over again, though, that the city still faces a critical affordable housing problem (the homebuilders' political action committee and the Real Estate Council of Austin were curiously absent from the housing bond campaign's list of donors).” The Real Estate Council of Austin did indeed support Proposition 15. While RECA’s Business M/PAC did not contribute to the specific HousingWorks Action PAC, it did make a $15,000 contribution to Unity PAC (as noted in the article), which promoted passage of all of the bonds, including Proposition 15. In addition to the cash contribution, RECA staff and volunteers actively worked for the Unity PAC’s Love Austin campaign supporting all of the bonds, including those for affordable housing..."
"...HOUSING + TRANSIT HousingWorks lays out the connection between affordable homes and transit-oriented developments. 12:30-6:30pm..."
"...And lots of apartments are showing their age. "When a property gets 40 years old, as a lot of these properties are – all these apartments built in the Sixties, Seventies – they are basically functionally obsolete," says Frances Ferguson, board president of HousingWorks, a local nonprofit dedicated to keeping Austin affordable..."
"...Local environmental groups Save Barton Creek Association, Clean Water Action, and Environment Texas submitted a joint letter to staff, noting that draft two moves Austin closer to achieving Imagine Austin's green-city goals, but that there are still "some major gaps." The letter states that increased density could create an increased flood risk if new, missing-middle developments "are not held to the same drainage requirements" as larger-scale projects. The Austin Housing Coalition (nearly two dozen organizations, including LifeWorks, Foundation Communities, and HousingWorks Austin) submitted recommendations on better achieving the city's affordable housing goals..."
"...However, after my presentation, in Q&A, I did cite an example of an affordable program in that area, and I stand by that statement. The best example being the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and a recent policy study the city did [www.bayareaeconomy.org/files/pdf/BACEI_Housing_10_2016.pdf], both of which recently came my way from HousingWorks, which is why they were on my mind. One of the primary items that I discussed with the Liberal Austin Democrats was the White House Housing Development Toolkit..."
"...One member, Lauren Ice, suggested that those recommendations be added as an addendum to the report: "Two weeks is not a lot of time to dig into this," she said, but others decided against. "I appreciate wanting more time, but I'm not sure how," said Mandy De Mayo, executive director at HousingWorks..."
"...So there are plenty of early misgivings, but the consistent undertone to the responses from those in the middle of the process is: watching and waiting. Mandy De Mayo of HousingWorks noted the absence of the density bonuses at this time, and said simply, "Thus far, I have way more questions than answers." She said it's far too soon for a "major analysis," and noted as well the polarized opinions that predated the first drafts..."
"...A packed house at One Texas Center pondered housing affordability Monday night, as a panel of housing advocates and CodeNEXT consultants addressed the possibility of mitigating Austin housing prices under the work-in-progress revisions of the Land Use Code. Moderator Mandy De Mayo of HousingWorks may have given away the game at the outset – "The Code can't produce affordability," she warned – but within that cautioning framework, panelists laid out a range of tools that might begin to work over time...."
"...Yet even with all the assistance, housing advocates, keenly aware of the shortage on a daily basis, feel the investment can be greater. "The truth is, there is never enough funding," says Mandy De Mayo, executive director of HousingWorks..."
"...Last year's narrow defeat of a housing bond prop served as sort of a mixed blessing for Austin, housing advocates said. "It was almost like we needed to lose," said Mandy De Mayo with HousingWorksAustin..."
"...“It was almost like we needed to lose last year,” said Mandy De Mayo with HousingWorks Austin. “We needed that wakeup call..."
"...Council last week heard a full-court press update on the economic and social benefits of the $55 million already invested in the community as a result of a 2006 bond election, which voters approved overwhelmingly. The funding helped pay for more than 3,400 new or renovated housing units for low-income and homeless individuals, and created over 2,900 jobs, according to a new economic impact report commissioned by local nonprofit Austin HousingWorks...."