We need your perspective to get a complete picture of Austin’s needs.
WHAT WE DO KNOW...
We learned from Imagine Austin that household affordability is a growing challenge in Austin. In reviewing demographics and data about our city, we know that Austin has a tremendous gap between the number of people who are lower-wage earners and available housing they can reasonably afford.
We heard last year from Austin residents how important it is to continue serving low-income residents and our most vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, and residents with special needs and mobility challenges.
We see that affordability affects more than just individuals. It impacts whole communities when housing is not within reach of those who play a critical role in the community—such as our hard-working teachers, firefighters, police officers, sales clerks, hospital workers, and receptionists.
We have fewer resources to work with as federal funding levels are projected to be reduced for affordable housing and community development in fiscal year 2013-14 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
COMPLETING THE PICTURE
We continue the discussion as we prepare our annual Action Plan (read our 5-year plan summary here) that outlines community needs, resources, priorities and proposed activities for housing, community development, economic development and public services.
The focus of this SpeakUp Austin! forum is to understand your priorities for how we invest limited funding. Based on public input and research conducted during previous Action Plans, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development office has added financial empowerment programs, such as homebuyer education, matched-savings programs and down-payment assistance.
We invite you learn about the impact being made by the City’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office.
We want to know what you think. Once you post, make sure to share your ideas on Facebook and invite your friends to join the discussion! You may also want to attend an upcoming public hearing.