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Council adopted the Strategic Housing Blueprint last year, calling for 13,500 new units annually over 10 years. This gets us to break-even in terms of need. Would you support amending the City’s proposed Strategic Housing Plan to increase the number to at least 15,000 housing units per year for 10 years, keeping the breakout across income levels and including permanent supportive housing for those chronically experiencing homelessness? (Y/N; Explain)

Frank Ward III

City Council, District 8

While not ideal (because I don’t think that government is best positioned to most effectively address this growing challenge), we can all recognize that we have a challenge when it comes to affordable housing in Austin. I value the community input that went into this process, but I would also encourage our city leadership to consider how community leaders, developers, and other private partners can work together to achieve this goal without spending precious taxpayer dollars to oversee the implementation of such a blueprint. Perhaps a public-private partnership is the best way forward to better address this obvious housing need.