Help Austin Set Federal Funding Priorities for Housing and Public Service Programs
February 14, 2018
The City of Austin is asking residents to fill out a two-minute online survey and to share their thoughts about priorities for addressing affordable housing, job creation, and public service needs for low- and moderate-income families, persons with disabilities, and seniors.
The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and asks Austinites to rank their community priorities, identify areas of need, and even offer their own suggestions of needs and potential programming.
Managed by the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD), the survey will help decide where to spend nearly $13 million in annual grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the next five years. Vulnerable communities and populations are especially encouraged to participate.
Five years is a long time. We must be sure that our residents—all our residents—have a say about where the money for public services and programs are going.
For more information, please feel free to visit http://www.austintexas.gov/five or by phone at 512-974-3100.
Austin Tenants Council Announces New Executive Director
December 1, 2018
Austin, Texas – Austin Tenants Council announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Jeannie Nelson as the organization's new Executive Director. Nelson succeeds Juliana Gonzales, who served as executive director from December 2015 through August 2018.
Nelson comes to the Tenants Council after almost 3 years as the Director of Dental Services at AIDS Services of Austin. She has a BA from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Prior 2016, Nelson was Lead Dental Hygienist at Austin Dental Arts and Human Resources Manager for Walmart Stores, Inc.
"After a thorough search process, the Board is pleased to have found Jeannie Nelson as the best person to assume leadership of this important Austin organization," said board chair Kate Moore. "Jeannie has 20 years of experience and the management skills to keep the organization healthy and growing. This, combined with her dedication to equity and social justice, makes Jeannie uniquely qualified to lead the Austin Tenants’ Council.”
The Austin Tenants Council, founded in 1973, is critical to helping hundreds of Central Texans each year navigate and maintain their rental housing. Operating under the philosophy that everyone has a right to safe, decent, fair and affordable housing, ATC programs focus on housing discrimination, tenant-landlord education and information, and housing repair and rehabilitation.
"We all know how important safe, affordable housing is, especially in a city like Austin where housing costs are soaring." said Nelson. "The work of the Tenants Council makes Austin a fairer and more affordable place for us all to live. I’m honored to help lead these efforts.”
For media inquiries, contact Austin Tenants Council at 512-474-7007.