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Affordable housing is a major problem in Austin. Large numbers of people who work in Austin cannot afford to live in Austin. Many families are moving outside the city to find affordable housing. Do you have any ideas to help create more affordable housing or to make existing housing more affordable?

Steve Adler


Our housing crisis means we need all hands and all ideas on deck. The 10/1 Council and I are attacking the problem in many different ways. First, we have increased the funds flowing into the affordable housing trust fund by 540% since 2015. We have 2,000 income-restricted units built since 2015 and another 5,000 in the development pipeline. We are putting forth the largest affordable housing bond in our city’s history – Proposition A’s $250 million. I have led and helped create the Austin Housing Conservancy, an entity that will buy and operate workforce housing along Austin’s major corridors with the goal of preserving existing workforce affordable units. We need to revise our land development code to make building housing easier and cheaper. I look forward to making significant progress on transit regionally and throughout our city so that more families and working folks can use transit and lower their transportation costs. And we make things more affordable by increasing what people have to spend, so I joined with County Judge Eckhardt to help create the first ever, regional workforce development plan that will move 30,000 people in five years into middle skill jobs, 10,000 of whom will move from poverty level incomes.