Austin wants your feedback for 5-year housing plan

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is rounding up public feedback through July 7th about it’s 5-year plan that deals with housing and community development.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office (NHCD) has to send a proposal outlining with what the community needs when it comes to affordable housing, community development, economic development and public service needs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  They have to do it every five years in order to receive federal funding.

Grant programs include:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Jonathan Tomko, the senior planner for the City of Austin through the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, says these funds are important because with the increase of housing costs in Austin its,”important to use resources as efficiently as possible to address those concerns.  We’re seeing the housing costs go up and the cost of delivering these services to the people that need it the most.”

Capital Studios, on the corner of 11th and Trinity in downtown Austin, is an affordable housing community that’s still under construction.  It’s the first of its kind that’s been built in downtown Austin in 45 years. There are 135 efficiency apartments for single adults in the range of $400 to $650 a month.

Tomko says it’s an example of how the money from the federal government is used.  There were multiple sources of funding for that building and Foundation Communities runs the property.

People can comment on the NHCD Fiscal Year 2014-19 plan Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Austin City Council at City Hall.  People can also submit comments until 5 p.m. July 7.

  • Include a name, address, and phone number.
  • E-mail comments to NHCD@austintexas.gov
  • Mail to: Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office Attn: Consolidated Plan P.O. Box 1088 Austin, TX 78767

Places the view the draft plans:

Tomko says Austin City Council is scheduled to approve the draft on Aug. 7 and give the report to HUD before Aug. 15  Last year the city received $13 million from the government.

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