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Nonprofits and the City's Quest for Affordable Housing
Helping usher Austin out of a quagmire of inequality
"...as part of its effort to combat the deepening housing shortage, the city of Austin adopted its Strategic Housing..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Developing Stories: Council holds line on TODs and affordable housing
Council holds line on TODs and affordable housing
"...Council members are currently hanging tough on their 25% affordable housing goal for transit-oriented develop­ment districts. That's good news..."

May 2, 2008 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Wrangling Over Housing Tax Credits
Travis County Commissioners to revisit a housing finance scheme
"...Few people would claim that getting subsidized housing built in Texas was ever easy. But in the..."

March 29, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

House of Cards
Critics say the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards low-income housing tax-credits to undeserving developers.
"...This year, the state's biggest affordable housing program was supposed to operate strictly by the..."

Oct. 22, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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Home Is Where the Tax Credits Are
"...As spokesperson for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, we commend The Austin Chronicle for..."

Aug. 28, 1998 Column

Under One Roof
Can the City Make Good on Its Affordable Housing Promise?
"...Isn't it about time we discarded this term "affordable housing"? Raise your hand if you think your rent..."

July 28, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
Activist conference targets gentrification
"...The Austin Housing Coalition, a conglomeration of local business and nonprofit groups,..."

May 27, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Next Steps for Elysium Park
Affordable housing development gets first-reading approval
"...11 resolutions (Items 11-21) from the Department of Neigh­borhood Housing and Community Development, requesting Council approval of developer applications..."

Feb. 10, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

More Q&A with Marc Ott
The new city manager on council initiatives, city planning priorities, and the change in the weather at City Hall
"...people that live in this city and pay their taxes...."

Aug. 15, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Council: Child Care “Scandal” Highlights City’s Own Failures
CMs also mull fate of APL’s Recycled Reads
"...meeting, Council endorsed 14 of 16 of the state affordable housing tax credit applications up for review, with two..."

Feb. 15, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Naked City
The city gives a thumbs-down to subsidised housing.
"...Credit Where Credit Is Due..."

Sept. 3, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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Development peccadillos and Lost Austin kudos.
"...article on Jan. 26, 2001 ["Cleaning House"], regarding my tax credit project, Spring Valley Townhomes. The article, as I..."

Feb. 2, 2001 Column

Naked City
Applications for the state's tax-credit housing allocations are in, and once again, Austin will have to compete with surrounding bedroom communities for affordable housing tax credits.
"...This year's applications for tax-credit apartment complexes are all in at the state housing..."

May 19, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

How Austin Fared
Despite Austin's reputation as the most expensive rental market in Texas, the state Department of Housing and Community Affairs has approved only one low-income housing tax credit project for Austin this year.
"...all summer, but politics at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) may have caused this year's..."

Oct. 22, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Rent Rub
Working Poor Getting Stiffed on Housing Costs
"...Austin, the Skeens were locked out of comfortable, secure housing, joining an alarmingly large portion of the population being..."

Aug. 21, 1998 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
Real legislative reform of the state's tax-credit allocation process is slowly moving toward the governor's desk.
"...Three years ago, critics of the state's largest affordable housing program were considered pariahs in the housing industry..."

April 13, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Deal of a Lifetime
TDHCA Board member Florita Bell Griffin is standing trial in a Houston federal courtroom on allegations that she, along with two co-defendants, conspired to profit from deals she helped approve.
"...The story that emerged in the courtroom where state housing agency board member Florita Bell Griffin is being tried..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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Warning: blatant use of music knowledge within
"...a completely biased account of the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs' administration of the Low Income Housing..."

Nov. 12, 1999 Column

Naked City
Texas Department of Housing and CommunityAffairs board members have begun questioning TDHCA staff guidelines for administering the agency's low-income housing tax credits, which critics say are arbitrary and too subjective.
"...Friday's board meeting over at the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs: Board members questioned TDHCA staff proposals..."

Jan. 28, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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Housing, ACC, and Spooner.
"..."House of Cards" (Oct. 22) about the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, fails to address perhaps the two..."

Oct. 29, 1999 Column

“Affordability Unlocked” With More Density, Casar Hopes
Proposal aims to make the city's money go farther by making projects larger
"...cracking on some long-overdue moves to respond to Austin's housing affordability crisis. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Council Member Greg..."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Florita Bell Griffin is indicted for allegedly conspiring to profit from her position as a governing board member of the state housing agency.
"...a governing board member of the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), boasted before a commission of..."

June 16, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

City Council: As the Year Turns
Council kicks off 2018 with long agenda
"...122-Item agenda looks daunting, although a large group of housing tax credit applications may fly through with little debate,..."

Jan. 26, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

City Council Notebook
What's happening this week at City Council
"...Uhh, low cost for who? Item 14: $444,768 from Housing and Urban Development to fund the city's "line of..."

Jan. 30, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
The state agency that hands out tax credits for low-income housing projects changes some provisions of its controversial tax-credit allocation process.
"...slowly, tentatively, almost apologetically. But the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs board members who voted Friday to..."

Feb. 4, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
The Springvalley Townhomes, an affordable housing project planned in Williamson County, won approval from the state housing agency despite a long history of problems with its developer.
"...looked to be a showcase for the state's largest affordable housing program: 230 spacious units, most with three and..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Mayor's Story
Three contenders try to write a personal tale that will convince the voters
"...has been to point particularly to her work on affordable housing – taking primary credit for a successful bond..."

Oct. 10, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
A Sunset Advisory Commission staff report recommends a two-year probation for the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community affairs, but that may not be enough to save the ailing agency.
"...Affordable housing advocates have been saying for years that the..."

April 28, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
A Sinking Foundation?
"...a new intrusion to contend with -- a 76-unit affordable apartment complex approved and funded through the state's tax..."

Nov. 19, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
Conflicts, corruption, charges of favoritism: When will that TDHCA ever get its act together?
"...marked the first opportunity for the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs -- for years the Legislature's problem..."

Aug. 17, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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