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Austin city council constructs plan to build 60,000 new affordable housing units

Austin constructs plan to build 60,000 new affordable housing units

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Austin leaders have committed to providing 60,000 new affordable housing units. Ryan Conine/Getty Images

KVUE — Sixty-thousand new affordable housing units are in the planning stages for Austin.

The city council approved its housing goals in a meeting on June 6. As a part of the goals, city leaders plan to build 60,000 new affordable housing units across Austin. The city wants to accomplish this task in the next few years. This is a big move as Austin becomes a more expensive place to live.

This goal came out of their housing blueprint. In it, they aimed to build a total of 135,000 units and out of that number they decided to set aside 60,000 as income-restricted housing.

The affordable housing will be spread out between the 10 districts within Austin, specifically looking at areas where there's easy access to public transportation and areas that are becoming gentrified.

Back in August, Council Member Greg Casar said it's important that those units are spread out — some in every single district — not just one part of town.

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