Central TX Interfaith Leverages $10M from County in Added Housing Support, Calls on City of Austin to Invest $40M in Rental Relief

On the heels of leveraging $10 Million in housing assistance from Travis County one day prior, Central Texas Interfaith leaders called on the City of Austin to provide at least $40 Milllion in rental assistance for economically distressed families in the COVID-19 crisis.  

Leaders noted that while at present, the City of Austin invests $1.2 million for rental assistance, and $7 million overall toward housing assistance, over 50% of low income Austin residents are considered “cost-burdened” (ie. pay over 30% of their income toward housing costs) and 93% of Very Low Income Austin residents are “distressed renters”.

Parish leaders from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic in East Austin argued that “though evictions have been halted, rent and late fees are piling up, and many residents are receiving warnings from landlords to pay up."

Said Rev. Miles Brandon of St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church, "Austin did well by creating the RISE fund and some rental assistance programs, but we can, and must do more.” 

Group to Austin Leaders: Give $40 Million Cut From Coronavirus Funds to RentersAustin American Statesman [pdf]

Advocates Call on Austin to Provide $40M for RentersKXAN [video[pdf]

Austin Allocating Far Less in Rental Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis Compared to Other Texas CitiesKVUE (Pre-conference) [video[pdf]

Austin Nonprofit Seeks Assistance for RentersKVUE [video[pdf]

Organización Pide se Asignen Más Fondos de Alquiler Para Familias de AustinUnivsión [video[pdf]

Organización Pide a Comisionados del Condado Travis que Aprueben Fondos de Asistencia para el Alquiler de las Familias Afectadas por el CoronavirusUnivisón [video][pdf]

Travis County Approves $10M for Direct Rental and Mortgage AssistanceAustin Monitor [pdf]

Housing Committee Talks Scaling Rental Assistance ProgramAustin Monitor [pdf]

Headlines / Quote of the Week Austin Chronicle [pdf]

Austin Top News - May 14, 2020 KLBJ [pdf]