Number of Housing Related Services Provided to Beneficiaries

Measure Description
This measure provides a snapshot of the impact of all Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) housing-related programs on the community, including Homebuyer Assistance, Homeowner Assistance, Renter Assistance, and Housing Developer Assistance. 
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by adding actual accomplishments for all housing related programs annually.
FY 2015-16 Results
The goal for FY 2015-16 was to provide 974 housing related services. In FY 2015-16, NHCD provided 1,185 services, exceeding the goal by 21.7%.
Assessment of Results
The programs included in this measure provide rental housing assistance services, development of affordable housing, removal of architectural barriers, emergency home repairs, lead-based paint abatement and other home repairs for low- and moderate-income households, including special needs populations. The 2014 Comprehensive Housing Market Study demonstrated that Austin’s housing market continues to have a persistently low vacancy rate and increasing demand. A higher than average number of units funded through the Housing Developer Assistance program were completed in FY 2011-12.
Next Steps
Affordable housing continues to be the highest priority for the City as it relates to the use of federal grants administrated by NHCD, the spending of which is guided by NHCD’s 5-year (FY 2014-15 to FY 2018-19) Consolidated Plan, a mandatory report for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that establishes goals for the use of federal resources. The City’s strategy for housing and community development operates at a satisfactory pace given economic constraints and the availability of resources. Federal funding has decreased slightly over time, while program delivery costs have increased, and these trends are anticipated to continue. Recognizing this dynamic and that the number of people that can be served is dependent upon resource capacity, the City is developing the first Austin Strategic Housing Plan with timelines and strategies to maintain and create affordable housing for a range of incomes throughout the city, as envisioned in Imagine Austin.
Note: Prior year targets and results for this measure were restated based on a change in methodology that resulted in excluding Smart Housing production numbers. In addition, Homebuyer Counseling Services and Tenant's Rights Services that were previously included as Housing Activities have been moved to Community Development Activities. 
Contact Information
For more information contact Rebecca Giello, Assistant Director, at 512-974-3045.