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How will you address Austin’s housing shortage? What regulations will you change to allow more housing where people want to live?

Ann Kitchen

City Council, District 5

I have led efforts to ensure the implementation of Austin’s new Strategic Housing Blue Print which is designed to increase rental and owner housing access and affordability. The BluePrint and its Implementation Plan are the first actual strategic housing plan our city has ever developed. We must find lasting solutions and commit the funding necessary to build more affordable homes, help people at risk of losing their homes, and offer people a path out of homelessness. The $250 million housing bond is a good step towards implementing the BluePrint – with funding for land acquisition, rental housing development, homeownership, and home repair programs. The Council has also taken steps to improve our density bonus programs, expand ADU’s, encourage low-income housing in more parts of our community, and created several new income streams to fund more housing across the community.