Who benefits from Austin’s Affordable housing programs? Affordable housing programs are structured to help residents at lower income levels, but very little information is shared about whether the programs are working for the residents as intended. We are especially interested to know if different types of programs are equally effective. We spoke to residents in low income housing in 78702 to find out what was working and what gaps exist. (Published with UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement)
Austin’s Green and Healthy Home Initiative (GHHI) is a City of Austin effort to provide Austinites with safe, efficient homes that support resident health. GHHI is a national program with 23 current participating cities/municipalities. As partners in GHHI, member organizations of the Austin Home Repair Coalition (AHRC) provide lower income Austin home owners with repairs to achieve a green and healthy home. Austin Community Coalition analyzed 3 years worth of comprehensive home inventories collected by the repair organizations. This assessment is done pre-repair and thus reflects need.