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Amplify Austin Community Giving Day
March 20-March 21, 2014, 6pm to 6pm

Last year, HousingWorks Austin supporters gave more than $5,500 to housing affordability research, policy work and advocacy during the 2013 Amplify Austin giving campaign.

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Following the successful passage for $65 million in housing bonds in 2013, HousingWorks Austin continues to provide expert research and policy recommendations for tackling the issue of affordability in our growing capital city.

It's estimated that more than 37,000 Austinites struggle with finding housing that's affordable, and you can help by supporting education and advocacy in your community.

This year, our team is conducting research on housing issues, contributing to the land development code rewrite process, hosting forums and panels, and working with civic leaders to grow with consideration for low-wage workers needing safe housing and affordable transportation.

Every gift through Amplify Austin allows HousingWorks Austin to receive an additional match for your donation. Thank you for your support.

Economic Impact Study

In April 2013, HousingWorks released The Economic Impact of General Obligation Bonds for Affordable Housing. The report, which was commissioned by HousingWorks and produced by Austin-based Civic Economics, shows that the $55 million bond package approved by voters in 2006 will bring $865 million to the local economy.

The study found that to date $392 million and over 2900 jobs were generated in private and non-profit construction of housing funded by the bonds. The ongoing impact of the 506 long term support jobs, operational revenue, and saving in housing costs to affordable housing residents is estimated by Civic Economics to create $473 million more in positive impact to the Austin economy over 10 years.

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Download Updated Bonds Impact Memo (PDF) »

Land Development Code Re-Write Presents Opportunity for Affordability: HousingWorks Weighs In

Austinites may decry the "Dallas-ing" of Austin, but the city's expansion has exploded in recent years. And Austin code advisory board member Mandy De Mayo says Austin needs to address the need for more affordable urban housing as the city expands.

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Building on Success: A New Standard for Affordable Housing in Austin

Building on Success presentationAt the HousingWorks June 6, 2012 Leadership Tour, Board President Frances Ferguson presented an overview of affordable housing in Austin. The presentation includes why we need affordable housing and how we can ensure that affordable housing continues to be an integral part of our community.

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Economic Impact Study

The Economic Impact of General Obligation Bonds for Affordable Housing in Austin: May 2012In May 2012, HousingWorks released a study of the economic impact of the 2006 affordable housing bonds. Completed by local economists Civic Economics, the study demonstrates how the $55 million in general obligation bonds will bring more than $800 million to the local economy in the next decade.

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HousingWorks Board Member, Wes Peoples, discusses the importance of all kinds of homes in all parts of town

HousingWorks Austin is a non-profit organization endeavoring to keep homes affordable for Austinites through research, education and public policy change.

Our mission is to advocate a wide range of housing options so that all Austinites can afford a home that is close to jobs, family, schools, recreation, and places of worship. The decisions we make today will impact the next 50 years. Austin must act now if we are to preserve - or risk losing forever - the opportunity for a community that includes families of all income levels.

HousingWorks Austin unites community leaders from diverse backgrounds to promote the community value that home affordability is central to the success of Austin employers, schools and neighborhoods over the coming decades as growth continues. Our board includes leaders from all parts of town, and a wide range of cultural heritages, who represent and many economic perspectives.

HousingWorks is a champion for lower income Austinites, in need of affordable homes. In 2007 and 2008, we accomplished the following:

  • In 2006, Austin voters passed a $55 million housing bond with 63% of the vote. By 2008, $16 MM has been awarded to 435 deeply affordable homes. Dispersion has been encouraged by new scoring which rewards locations in "high opportunity" areas as defined by the Opportunity Maps completed in 2007. (Link to the Opportunity maps)
  • Coordinated the City's home repair providers in order to streamline the process and increase funding for home repairs for seniors and disabled.
  • Won City Council support to retain $1 MM in annual funding for Austin's Housing Trust Fund
  • Led multiple policy initiatives that have now been adopted to encourage the inclusion of affordable housing in mixed use developments, in Transit Oriented Development zones (TODs), in the Downtown Plan, and in Planned Unit Developments.
  • Advocated for the City's Comprehensive Housing Market Study. The Study, recently completed Housing Market Study documents two major supply gaps - low cost rentals (under $425/month) and homeownership opportunities, especially for families in the $100,000 - $200,000 price range.
  • Launched a strategic policy partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), and Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). The group has laid out policy priorities to close Austin's housing gaps and will work to include them in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Held our annual housing summits for the past two years with AISD, igniting a fresh understanding that successful schools require affordable homes. As a direct result, AISD and the City are now developing a new program to provide counseling plus rental assistance to help families who must move to STAY in the same school catchment area.

Building and preserving affordable homes will take a concerted effort from both the public sector and private individuals like you. Your help is needed today build to capacity, fund research, and reach across the community to make the vision of an affordable Austin a reality.

Please call us at 454.1444 or email us if we can answer any questions. Thank you for helping build a better future for the people of our community.

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