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Anti-Displacement Policies Recommended for Austin

Faced growing housing costs and limited funding and resources for struggling homeowners and renters, the city of Austin has ramped up efforts to identify and lobby for housing policy changes.
November 5, 2018, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The city of Austin's Anti-Displacement Task Force recently released draft recommendations [pdf], according to an article by Oscar Perry Abello.

"The task force recommendations open with a section on the limited sources of financing available for anti-displacement work, followed by sections on preventing or rectifying displacement of homeowners, of renters, and of cultural institutions and artists," according to Abello. A pair of recommendations designed to aid homeowners are also included.

The article includes a lot more detail about the findings and recommendations in the report, including a recommendation that the state rescind its statewide ban on inclusionary zoning.

Two other reports on the subject of displacement have been released recently Austin: The People’s Plan to Curb Displacement and Uprooted. "The latter came from researchers at the University of Texas, and was accompanied by a mapping tool to view displacement risk throughout Austin," according to Abello.

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Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Next City
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