A respected University of Texas study has found that Austin is the only high-growth city that is losing African Americans, both in terms of numbers and percentage of the total population. Do you consider this a problem? If so, what would you do to reverse or stabilize the decline?

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

This is absolutely a problem. We need to address Austin’s housing crisis. We can’t stem the bleed unless people can afford housing, transportation, healthcare, education, and childcare. I want us to be a community of old neighbors and new neighbors who work together to make Austin more affordable.

There are many challenges that contribute to a lack of affordable housing, such as income inequality, institutional inequity, antiquated land use practices, flawed transportation infrastructure, and the need for innovation in workforce development. I will find creative approaches to affordable housing such as co-op models and communal living options, while deploying tools that encourage considerate development. My experience negotiating with developers and the community in East Austin means I am uniquely poised to get the affordable housing we need. I will advocate for homeowners and renters, ensuring that they receive the resources they need to stay in place and welcome new neighbors without fear of displacement.