Austin Housing Coalition

Founded in 2003, the Austin Housing Coalition (formerly the CHDO Roundtable) represents the community of “housers” across Austin and Central Texas. We are nonprofit housing developers, housing and policy experts, and other interested organizations, businesses, and residents who support the development of safe, affordable housing for Austin residents. Our members work to house people experiencing homelessness, repair the houses of low-income homeowners, provide quality affordable rental housing, and empower low-income households to become successful, first-time homebuyers.

As members of the Austin Housing Coalition, we are intimately familiar with the barriers low-income Austinites face in obtaining safe, decent and affordable housing; whether that be a chronically homeless woman living on the streets or a single father struggling to feed and house his children on minimum wage. We serve and advocate on behalf of the housing needs of Austin’s low-income populations, including: seniors, young adults aging out of foster care, families with children, persons with disabilities, chronically and non-chronically homeless, veterans, and low-income students.

Our Guiding Principles

AHC seeks to:

  • Uplift Multiple Perspectives – by engaging a variety of perspectives from across the housing community
  • Be Member-Focused – by seeking and addressing the priorities of our members through transparent communication and multiple feedback loops within the organization
  • Prioritize Peer Learning & Education – by taking a network-based approach that allows for all members to engage and support their organizational interests
  • Identify Partnerships – by building relationships with institutional and advocacy partners to promote a proactive approach to addressing policy
  • Employ Bold Leadership – by leading the narrative on housing and engage with policymakers to make change in our community and funders

Our Core Values

 

Focused goals: Increasing the supply of income-restricted housing available to a variety of income levels and across the community.

Creating, improving and preserving a variety of housing opportunities and management types.

Inclusive engagement: The ability for residents, neighborhoods and communities to be engaged in the housing solutions that they wish to see.

Equitable Development: Increasing the supply of local affordable housing means building the capacity of local organizations to learn to develop affordable housing better.

Coalition-building: Meeting the community’s housing goals equitably will necessitate weighing in on other cross-cutting issues (e.g. criminal justice, education, health, etc) and aligning with other coalitions and community collaborations.

What We Do:


Advocacy

Advocacy:

We advocate for city, state and national policies that create opportunities for more affordable housing


Networking

Networking:

Our monthly meetings provide our members the opportunity to collectively problem solve, discuss critical issues related to affordable housing, and learn from one another


Training

Training:

We promote best practices for developing and providing affordable housing through training opportunities for our members

 

Posts

Request to the City of Austin and Travis County to Support Homelessness Summit Plan

Dear Mayor Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Harper-Madison, and City Council Members, Dear Judge Brown and Travis County Commissioners, The Austin Housing Coalition (AHC) is requesting that the Austin City Council and the  Travis County Commissioners each commit $100M from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) towards fully funding the Homelessness Summit Plan. The Summit to Address… Read more Request to the City of Austin and Travis County to Support Homelessness Summit Plan

Feedback on Downtown Density Program and Rainey Density Bonus Program Resolution

Dear Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and Council Members, The Austin Housing Coalition is requesting that you amend Item 39, before adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Austin City Council on April 22, 2021. This resolution would initiate a code amendment to repeal or amend City Code section 25-2-586 (B)(6) and direct the City Manager… Read more Feedback on Downtown Density Program and Rainey Density Bonus Program Resolution

Affordability Unlocked

Dear Mayor and Council Members, Austin Housing Coalition (AHC) is reaffirming its unwavering support for the Affordability Unlocked program that was adopted in May 2019 by the Austin City Council. Since adoption, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has certified 26 projects in all city districts, while 46 applications were filed to use the… Read more Affordability Unlocked

QAP Screening Comments

The Austin Housing Coalition is a coalition of nonprofit agencies and other interested organizations, businesses, and residents who support the creation, improvement, and preservation of affordable housing for the Austin community. We believe in providing safe, quality, affordable housing options to all types of people, including those who have been involved in the criminal justice… Read more QAP Screening Comments