Opportunity Zones can be one of our allies in creating a more affordable Austin — if housing advocates pay attention and speak up. If we can get the right people in the room and get them to commit to Opportunity Zone development that includes affordable housing, we believe we can make a big step forward for affordability.
Below is a list of resources and toolkits that can help you better understand what Opportunity Zones are and how to begin conversations that encourage and produce more affordable housing through these designated areas.
LISC Opportunity Zone Playbook: Navigating the Opportunity Zones
Austin Opportunity Zones Map: Districts 1 – 5
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Opportunity Zones in Texas: Promise and Peril
City of Austin Economic Development Department: OZ Presentation
City of Austin Economic Development Department: Letter to Council
Kresge Foundation: OZ Framework
National Center for State Housing Agencies: Opportunity Zone Fund Directory
Urban Institute: Maximizing Return on Public Investment
Council of Development Finance Agencies: Opportunity Zone Resource Hub
Accelerator for America: A How-To for Opportunity Zones