Austin seeks $10 mil­lion for low-in­come hous­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­tytoohey mtoohey@states­ Hous­ing

Five weeks af­ter Austin vot­ers re­jected a $78.3 mil­lion bond pro­posal for low-in­come hous­ing, City Coun­cil mem­bers are look­ing for other ways to spend money on afiord­able hous­ing.

On Thurs­day, the coun­cil, de­spite some con­cerns, unan­i­mously di­rected city man- age­ment to ffind be­tween $8 mil­lion and $10 mil­lion in the city bud­get for low-in­come hous­ing. Coun­cil Mem­bers Laura Mor­ri­son and Kathie Tovo say that money could lever­age at least $30 mil­lion in state and fed­eral grants.

The money would go to two “shovel ready” apart­ment com­plexes built by non­prof­fit or pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions, plus pos­si­bly other projects, ac­cord­ing to city stafi mem­bers who worked with Mor­ri­son and Tovo as they crafted the pro­posal.

“The afiord­able hous­ing is­sue is one that is not go­ing away in Austin,” Mor­ri­son said in an in­ter­view.

The res­o­lu­tion doesn’t bind the city to spend what­ever money the city stafi might ffind in city cofiers. Mayor Lee Lefff­in­g­well said he will prob­a­bly op­pose what­ever spend­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties the city man­ager brings back to the coun­cil.

“I’m some­what wor­ried we’re about to spend money on a project, wor­thy though it may be, that the vot­ers turned down,” Leff­in­g­well said.

The res­o­lu­tion is the lat­est in a se­ries of at­tempts by the city to work against mar­ket

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