You don’t have to tell Keith Seglem that Austin has a affordability crisis. A longtime resident of Austin, the Air Force veteran has not only struggled with a disability, but also chronic homelessness and unsafe housing. All that is behind him now. Earlier this year, Seglem became one of the first residents of Villages at Ben White, an affordable apartment complex for low-income residents 55 and older.
The apartment complex located on Ben White Boulevard near Riverside Drive has 183 one, two and three-bedroom units and a wide variety of amenities. It’s part of a multi-generational community situated on 27 acres. Next door is an affordable apartment complex for families, The Pointe at Ben White, which also opened this year. These developments are the result of many years of effort on the part of owner, Austin Affordable Housing Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. AAHC financed the complexes with tax credits awarded by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The developer is Kentucky-based LDG Development. There are still numerous vacant apartments in the Villages. For information on how to apply, visit their website.
In this Keep Austin Affordable feature video, we tour the Villages at Ben White from the perspective of Keith Seglem.