Housing


 

Table of Contents

Foreward

Transmittal Letter

Acknowledgements

Members: Community Action Network Working Group on Affordable Housing

Advisors: Community Action Network Working Group on Affordable Housing

Staff: Community Action Network Working Group on Affordable Housing

Executive Summary

What happened to Austin's affordable housing?

Why doesn't the market provide?

Why should we care?

Don't reinvent the wheel: Best practices in affordable housing

What can we do? Recommendations for Reform

Chapter One: The Emergence of Austin's Affordable Housing Crisis and Barriers to Resolving It

Rapid Regional Population and Employment Growth

Uneven Wage Growth

Growth in Housing Stock Stronger at the High End

Magnitude of the Problem and Key Groups Affected

Barriers to Development and Preservation of Affordability

Barriers to Access to Housing

Barriers to Increasing the Supply of Affordable Housing

Also included are profiles of individual Austin residents and their housing experiences

Chapter Two: Regional Impacts of the Lack of Affordable Homes in Austin

Availability of Affordable Housing

Substandard Housing in Unincorporated Areas

Traffic Congestion

Investment in Central City Declines

Austin

Also included are profiles of individual Austin residents and their housing experiences

Chapter Three: Best Practices in Affordable Housing

Texas Programs

Programs for Target Populations

Rental Housing

Related Programs

Other Resources

Also included are profiles of individual Austin residents and their housing experiences

Chapter Four: Recommendations for Reform

Recommended Goals and Actions

GOAL 1: EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON THE REGIONAL HOUSING CRISIS

GOAL 2: IMPROVE EXISTING FINANCING METHODS

GOAL 3: DEVELOP PROACTIVE POLICIES TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS

GOAL 4: INCREASE RESOURCES FOR HOUSING

Endnotes

Bibliography

Appendices

Glossary of Terms

Additional Suggested Actions by Goals (available in the printed version, obtainable from the Community Action Network Office)

A more extensive list of suggested actions that could be taken to address local housing needs

Austin Housing Opportunities Trust Proposal (available in the printed version, obtainable from the Community Action Network Office)

An existing proposal from a consortium of local housing providers and advocates to create a housing trust fund for Austin

House the Homeless, Inc.: Wages as a Barrier to Housing (available in the printed version, obtainable from the Community Action Network Office)

A detailed paper that discusses the importance of wages in addressing needs of Austin's lower income residents

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