City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Households/Persons Assisted Through Housing Services (Renter, Homebuyer, Homeowner, and Housing Developer Assistance Programs)

Measure Description
This measure captures the number of households/persons assisted through all Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) housing programs under the following NHCD Investment Plan categories: Renter Assistance, Homebuyer Assistance, Homeowner Assistance, and Housing Developer Assistance. This measure provides a snapshot of the total impact of these programs provided to the community.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by summing the total number of households and persons assisted through the above listed categories. Projects funded in earlier years are counted in the year in which they were completed and may contribute to this year’s results.
FY 2014-15 Results
The goal for FY 2014-15 was to serve 2,906 households through housing services. In FY 2014-15, NHCD served 2,719 households, meeting 93% of the goal.
Assessment of Results
The housing programs include renter assistance, homebuyer assistance, homeowner assistance, and housing developer assistance. These programs provide rental housing assistance services, development of affordable housing, financial counseling/first-time home buyer education, 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. Several factors contributed to the underperformance in FY 2014-15. For example, there were fewer contractors who participated in the Emergency Home Repair program operated by one subrecipient, which resulted in fewer homes repaired. Also, the Lead Hazard reduction program did not receive as many applications as anticipated and a percentage of the inspected homes did not contain lead. Finally, the Department anticipated the completion of a housing development by the end of FY 2014-15 that would have contributed 170 additional affordable units, but the construction was delayed due to severe weather and reported completed in FY 2015-16.
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Next Steps
The City’s strategy for housing and community development operates at a satisfactory pace given current economic conditions and funding allocations. Affordable housing continues to be one of the City’s top priorities as it relates to the use of federal grants administered by NHCD. The City of Austin is committed to improving its programs and partnerships in order to better serve and meet the housing needs of Austin’s low and moderate income residents. The City remains committed to expanding, improving, and preserving its affordable housing stock in conjunction with other interdepartmental City of Austin initiatives, particularly in areas where development pressures are severely impacting affordability for the most vulnerable populations.
Contact Information
For more information contact Rebecca Giello, Assistant Director, at 512-974-3045.