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Affordable Housing – What We Do to Promote It


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

We track issues under consideration by Austin area leaders that could have an effect on housing affordability and, after thoughtful consideration of all opinions, we make recommendations. Click the image to view some of our policy positions.

HousingWorks routinely analyzes issues related to affordability in Austin such as income, employment opportunities, and access to public transportation and health care. We share this data with leaders and the community so trends can be identified and necessary changes can be made. View all of our District Analyses and our research on Who Needs Housing That’s Affordable?


HousingWorks Austin is committed to informing our community about issues related to affordable housing. We do this through events such as our annual summits and bus tours. From 2014 to 2017, we produced dozens of stories under the  Keep Austin Affordable banner about how affordable housing was transforming the lives of people in Austin. You can still view those stories by clicking on the image to the right.

Austin Small Developer Training

New Program Will Help Historically Excluded Real Estate Developers, Bringing More Affordable Housing to Austin and Boosting the Local Economy

Capital Impact Partners and HousingWorks Austin are now accepting applications for their Austin Small Developer Training program, expanding on a nationwide initiative that has already supported more than 200 developers..

A new program will provide small-scale real estate developers from underrepresented communities in Austin with the tools they need to grow their businesses — helping them to be more involved in the region’s booming real estate market and, in turn, to create more affordable housing.

Applications are being accepted from April 24-May 19, 2023, for the Austin Small Developer Training program, which seeks to assist developers who have been historically excluded or overlooked.