Effort underway to bring more affordable housing to Georgetown

Northwest Apartments is the newest affordable housing complex in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown wants to make its town more affordable and to do so, the city is focusing on millennials and seniors with incomes between $30,000 – $60,000. The Housing Advisory Board says there’s not enough affordable homes in Georgetown.

Northwest Apartments on the western side of Georgetown is one of the newest affordable housing complexes in Georgetown. TJ Johnston uses a wheelchair to get around his unit that he and his mother share.

“There was nothing that I could live in that I could afford on my own, on what I make a month,” says Johnston.

Georgetown leaders know there are more stories like Johnston’s, that’s why they want to conduct a study to look at how they can bring more affordable homes to the area, whether it’s multi-unit or single family houses. The study will ask people who live in town what type of affordable housing they want to see, to keep people in Georgetown.

“It would be a lot easier for say people in my situation who live on social security,” saysJohnston.

The city currently has 23 apartment complexes, 12 of them have some type of affordable units, but the city says that’s not enough. Johnston understands the need. “It would benefit people to have affordable housing in more areas.”

Update: On Tuesday night, the Georgetown City Council voted to not spend $195,000 on the affordable housing study.

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