A community can’t thrive unless people can afford housing, transportation, healthcare, education, and childcare. I want us to be a community of old and new neighbors who work together to make Austin more affordable.
There are many challenges that contribute to a lack of affordable housing, such as income inequality, institutional inequity, antiquated land use practices, flawed transportation infrastructure, and the need for innovation in workforce development.
I will find creative approaches to affordable housing such as co-op models and communal living options while deploying tools that encourage considerate development. We can also drive housing costs lower by increasing the number of available homes in Austin. We need a new, simplified land development code that legalizes the construction of more affordable housing types like fourplexes and townhomes in all parts of our city and streamlines the permitting process.
We need practical public transit options. Affordable housing isn’t affordable if transportation costs are too high.
My experience negotiating with developers and the community in East Austin means I am uniquely poised to get the affordable housing we need. I will advocate for both homeowners and renters, ensuring that they receive the resources they need to stay in place and welcome new neighbors without fear of displacement.