On November 8, 2018, the Community Advancement Network (CAN) hosted the Bridging The Economic Divide - Expanding Opportunity - Central Texas Regional Summit at the San Marcos Conference Center. In the ever-changing landscape of Central Texas, CAN brought together leaders from the five county Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan Area to ponder two very important questions: 1. What role can expanding housing opportunities play in bridging the economic divide? and 2. What can be done to improve access to housing opportunities for working individuals and families? The answers to these questions will shape the future of our region.
During the summit, CAN also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act by recognizing the following agencies and collaboratives: Austin Tenants Council, ARCIL (A Resource Center for Independent Living), Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, Texas Appleseed, Texas Housers, and Bastrop Community Cares. CAN also recognized the following individuals for making fair housing a priority in their municipalities: Stacy Brown – City of San Marcos, Elizabeth Alvarado – City of Round Rock, Susan Watkins – City of Georgetown, and Gail McCant – City of Austin.
ATC would like to thank CAN for recognizing the work that we do on a daily basis to try to help Central Texans make sure that they have safe, decent and fair housing. We would also like to congratulate the other agencies and individuals that were recognized and thank them for all of their work to ensure that fair housing remains a priority in Central Texas.