Austin’s Habitat for Humanity has received a cool $8.5 million donation from philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott.
The donation is part of a huge $436 million sum given to Habitat for Humanity's International office and 84 Habitat affiliates around the country. According to the Austin Habitat board, the donation is the biggest the chapter has ever received.
We are thrilled to announce a transformational investment of $8.5 million from MacKenzie Scott! This remarkable gift will allow us to purchase the land required to build even more affordable homes and serve as many families as possible in our region. #HabitatforHumanitypic.twitter.com/BlXXGxuEPl
— austinhabitat (@AustinHabitat) March 22, 2022
Since 1985, Austin Habitat has built over 500 affordable homes in Central Texas and said it will use the money to buy land to build affordable housing in Travis and surrounding counties, especially in communities of color.
"This gift is beyond impactful for Austin Habitat for Humanity; it's transformational," Austin Habitat board treasurer Mason Ayers said in a news release. "It truly changes what we can achieve and the lives we can impact. We are extraordinarily thankful for MacKenzie Scott's generosity and the sweeping impact of her philanthropy."The donation falls in line with Scott’s pledge to scatter the majority of her fortune, which she took in 2019 by signing the Warren Buffett Giving Pledge. Scott’s donation is her second-largest to date and the largest publicly disclosed from a billionaire, according to Associated Press.
Over the past two years, Scott has given away approximately $8 billion of her net worth, which sits at $48 billion, according to Forbes.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.