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About HousingWorks Austin

HousingWorks Austin is an affordable housing advocacy organization that aims to increase the supply of affordable housing in Austin by providing research, education, advocacy and thoughtful, workable affordable housing policy recommendations.

A by-product of the unprecedented growth that Central Texas is experiencing is a sharp decline in affordability, in part due to rising home values, increasing rents and growing transportation expenses. By working with stakeholders throughout Central Texas, HousingWorks Austin encourages dialogue and raises awareness of the cooperative effort required to make housing affordable for anyone, anywhere in the city.

Our Vision

Austin is a community where everyone has the opportunity for a secure and affordable home.

Our People

Executive Director Mandy De Mayo has been a leader in the area of affordable housing and community development for more than 20 years.  Ms. De Mayo, who has worked for the organization since 2009, holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of a variety of policy papers, including: Building and Retaining an Affordable Austin, Affordable Housing in the City of Austin’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Districts, Preserving Affordable Housing in Austin – A Platform for Action, and The Affordable Housing Incentives Task Force Report.

HousingWorks Austin is supported by expert consultants and an experienced, community-involved Board of Directors. More about the HousingWorks Austin team.

What We Do

HousingWorks Austin provides research, education, and advocacy around the issue of household affordability in Austin and the surrounding region.  Affordability is a hot topic, and there are many diverse —and sometimes competing — ideas about how we can make Austin a more affordable city. A nonpartisan organization, HousingWorks Austin provides thoughtful analysis and practical recommendations around affordability. Our efforts unite a wide range of business, nonprofit, real estate, and community leaders around the core value that housing affordability throughout town is crucial to Austin’s success.

Learn more about specific research and policy projects here.