Austin City Council Looks for Ways to Fund Affordable Housing

Over a month after the Austin voters rejected a $78.3 million bond proposal for low-income housing, the city council members are attempting to come up with a new way of spending money on affordable housing for those in need.

The council unanimously agreed that city management must find between $8 to $10 million within the city budget for low-income housing. Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo stated that the money could leverage $30 million in state and federal grants.

The funds would be allocated to “shovel” ready projects, according to a city staff member. Those projects involve apartment complexes that could be built by either nonprofit or private organization.

SB Wire


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