News from the Austin metro NEWS BRIEFS Area nonprot to add eight aordable housing complexes
AFFORDABLE HOUSING Nonprot Foundation Communities will build new housing in Austin.
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aordable communities, we received 10 times more applications than the number of units, and our waiting lists are longer than ever,” Foundation Communities Executive Director Walter Moreau said in a press release. He added the foundation was anxious to build up its capacity to help more individuals. Foundation Communities has 23 complexes housing over 7,000 people. The new complexes will provide 1,000 new homes for over 2,000 families and single adults. The new communities will oer on-site case management, healthcare and other services.
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Local nonprot Foundation Communities is asking for the public’s help to raise $30 million to fund its latest eort to build eight aordable housing communities over the next three years for low-income Austinites. On May 25 the organization said it has received about 90% of the total $272 million needed for the new communities. Funding comes from the city, the county, local foundations, and private and corporate partners, making this initiative one of the largest aordable housing expansions in Austin’s history. “When we opened our last two
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Hays County selects rm to head the new public defender’s oce
Workforce Solutions pushes hiring local
applicants to receive job training. Mayor Steve Adler said Austin residents who receive the training will likely increase their yearly income by $30,000. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Austin and Travis County are funding 1,000 scholarships for workforce training as part of Workforce Solutions’ Hire Local plan. Individuals who are: • unemployed • work part-time • classi ed as low-income or have a high school diploma. • live in Austin-Travis County and authorized to work in the U.S. can apply at www.wfscapitalarea.com.
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them in the criminal legal system. The push to create a public defender’s oce happened amid court backlogs and jail overcrowding that are costing the county thousands of dollars per day. County Judge Ruben Bec- erra noted he does not think the public defender’s oce will solve all of the county’s problems, but the burden is on the commissioners to do everything they can to address the issues as best as possible.
Nine months after the the Hays County Commissioners Court voted to allocate $5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to establish a public defender’s oce, the court selected Neighborhood Defender Service Inc. as the rm to create the oce May 24. NDS has teams in New York, Michigan and Texas composed of investigators, paralegals, pro bono attorneys and more who work to address underlying issues with clients that landed
Workforce Solutions Capital Area announced a plan to bring higher-paying jobs to Austin residents while helping local companies close the “skills gap,” or the need for more highly qualied employees, in the area on May 31. The Hire Local Plan will encourage Aus- tin-area employers to ll their employ- ment pool from residents with the help of WFS, which will provide training and certication programs to local workers through support from Travis County and the city of Austin. Austin and Travis County are funding 1,000 scholarships for qualied local
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