Finding affordable housing just got a little bit easier in Austin. The City of Austin launched a searchable, interactive map showing income-restricted housing units all over the city with just a few clicks.
The map, unveiled Tuesday, asks for the user's annual income and number of people living in their house, revealing a map of affordable housing. The map includes contact info, listed amenities, schools and acceptance criteria.
The database has 491 buildings with 33,067 units total in the database.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are certain median family income requirements that must be met in order to qualify for those developments.
The city had originally intended to create a comprehensive list of those in need of affordable housing, placing them in as units became available, but the idea was abandoned due to needing more data on residents.
The map, which comes in response to a need to effectively connect Austin residents to low-income resources, will be updated continually by a third party.
Unfortunately, the map is not without its shortcomings; the map alerts when there is a waitlist but doesn't let the user add their name to the waitlist and the map does not show vacancies, meaning there is no seamless way to check for available units.
However, HUD is still working its way through the pitfalls. City council member Greg Casar said he is urging fellow staff members to look into how Austin could be more preemptive in connecting those in need to resources that can help.
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🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway