Strategic Housing Blueprint Briefing Book Available

At the direction of the Austin City Council an Interdepartmental Action Team has drafted a Strategic Housing Blueprint Briefing Book to to identify the specific steps and resources necessary to achieve the specific goals of the Housing Blueprint in Resolution No. 20170413-024, and strategies for affordable housing preservation to avoid significant loss of existing affordable housing in Resolution No. 20170413-025.

Copies of the draft Strategic Housing Blueprint Briefing Book and supporting materials are available for download, below:

Draft Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Briefing Book

Draft Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Briefing Book, Appendices A Through B

Draft Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Briefing Book, Appendices C Through I

Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Blueprint Presentation

Strategic Housing Housing Blueprint

Cover of Blueprint StrategyIn the spring of 2017, the Austin City Council adopted the first ever Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint. The document helps align resources, ensures a unified strategic direction, and facilitates community partnerships to achieve this shared vision. The plan identifies funding mechanisms, potential regulations, and other creative approaches the City of Austin should utilize to achieve housing goals--including the creation of 60,000 affordable units over the coming decade for households earning approximately $60,000 or less per year--in line with Imagine Austin.

The Blueprint identified five community values to guide the process, including:

-- Prevent households from being priced out of Austin;

-- Foster equitable, integrated, and diverse communities;

-- Invest in housing for those most in need;

-- Create new and affordable housing choices for all Austinites in all parts of Austin; and,

-- Help Austinites reduce their household costs.
 

Download the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint

Download the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint Appendix E (Community Outreach)

Download Blueprint Housing Goals by Council District and Transit Corridor

Displacement Mitigation Strategy

In collaboration with the City’s Innovation Office, NHCD drafted a one- to two-year Displacement Mitigation Strategy that incorporated recommendations from the City of Austin’s Anti-Displacement Task Force Final Recommendations for Action, 2018 to address gentrification and to develop strategies for preserving and expanding the supply of affordable housing, supporting small businesses, and preserving the city’s cultural assets. The plan also incorporated both the work of a gentrification study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas, as well as the People’s Plan, which recommends strategies to minimize displacement.

To achieve an actionable and expedient plan, the Innovation Office synthesized and prioritized recommendations based on impact and resources required into 15 recommendations covering a wide range of community-based displacement concerns--including strategies to help households at imminent risk of displacement and longer-term strategies addressing the citywide affordable housing stock. The Displacement Mitigation Strategy has been incorporated into the objectives and actions in the Blueprint Implementation Resource Document.

Blueprint Implementation Planning

The Austin City Council has directed the City Manager to create an Interdepartmental Action Team to coordinate implementation steps for each of the Key Actions, and to document progress and obtain ongoing public feedback. The specific steps and resources necessary to achieve the specific goals of the Housing Blueprint in Resolution No. 20170413-024, and strategies for affordable housing preservation to avoid significant loss of existing affordable housing in Resolution No. 20170413-025.

The City of Austin contracted with Asakura Robinson and a local sub-consultant Austin Community Design & Development Center (ACDDC) to develop an implementation plan.

In November 2018, NHCD released a draft Blueprint Implementation Plan, and its companion Atlas of Existing and Historical Conditions, which takes the Blueprint to the next phase of establishing specific actions, short-term priorities, and geographically-specific goals for implementing all 63 Strategic Housing Blueprint recommendations. The Implementation Plan has two components:

  • Blueprint Implementation Plan: Stakeholder engagement and use of the Atlas and Corridor Analysis to create detailed, schedule-driven action items based on each Blueprint strategy.
     
  • Atlas of Existing and Historical Conditions: Citywide mapping and analysis to help operationalize key metrics in the Blueprint.  It also defines key goals at a corridor level for the 2016 Mobility Bond corridors using the University of Texas Corridor Preservation Tool.

The final Implementation Plan will incorporate recommendations from several recent reports on gentrification, institutional racism, fair housing, and homelessness, including:

University of Texas Gentrification Study (56 recommendations)

People's Plan (19 recommendations)

Anti-Displacement Taskforce Report (107 recommendations)

Mayor's Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities (40 housing-related recommendations)

 Fair Housing Action Plan (2015) (32 recommendations)

Central Texas Fair Housing Assessment (2019)

Austin’s Plan to End Homelessness (10+ housing-related recommendations)

 

Blueprint Overview

Blueprint HandoutTo facilitate discussion, NHCD published a Blueprint Overview that summarizes the findings and outlines the factors affecting housing affordability in Austin. Translated versions of the Overview are available:

Blueprint Overview, Chinese Translation

Blueprint Overview, Korean Translation

Blueprint Overview, Vietnamese Translation

Blueprint Overview, Spanish Translation