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Homeless, low income families get low rent at new affordable housing unit

Homeless, low income families get low rent at new affordable housing unit


AHEAD…2-SHANNON: FIRST AT 6 — RISING RENTS KEEP PRICING PEOPLE OUT OF AUSTIN. 2-ROBERT: TONIGHT – ANOTHER 128 FAMILIES WHO’VE BEEN STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET NOW HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME. 2-SHANNON: KXAN’S ALICIA INNS SHOWS US WHY LAKELINE STATION.. A NEW “MODEL” FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CENTRAL ALICIA: IF YOU WALKED BY HERE 4 YEARS AGO, YOU WOULDN’T SEE THESE WALLS, THIS PLAYGROUND.. TOUR GUIDE SAYS: “COME ON IN..” ALICIA:TODAY, A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY..WALTER MOREAU, DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY SAYS: “TO FINALLY REACH THIS POINT AND HAVE FAMILIES MOVED IN IS EMOTIONALLY JUST A REALLY GREAT FEELING”ALICIA SAYS: “THE LAKELINE STATION WILL BECOME HOME TO 13 FORMERLY HOMELESS FAMILIES, NEARLY A DOZEN IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE FAMILIES AND MORE THAN 80 KIDS ALICIA: RENT PRICES RANGE FROM 380 TO 11 HUNDRED DOLLARS DEPENDING ON YOUR INCOME — THAT’S ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 4 HUNDRED DOLLARS LESS PER MONTH THAN THE NORMAL RENTAL MARKET IN THAT AREAJACQUELYN DOZIER, SOCIAL WORKER SAYS: “THIS IS HUGE. AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THAN AN ORGANIZATION LIKE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES EXISTS BECAUSE I’VE BEEN A SOCIAL WORKER FOR 20 YEARS IN AUSTIN AND OVER THAT TIME I HAVE SEEN THE HOMELESS POPULATION EXPLODE.”ALICIA: THE DEMAND IS SO HIGH — LAKELINE IS ALREADY FULLY LEASED WITH A GROWING WAIT LIST.KEITH MURPHY CONSIDERS HIMSELF ONE OF THE LUCKY ONESKEITH MURPHY SAYS: “WITHOUT THIS, IT WOULD BE JUST LIVING LIFE THE SAME, LIVING IN CONTEMPT, JUST LIVING LIFE AS IT IS.”ALICIA: AFTER A CHILDHOOD FILLED WITH CPS VISITS AND ABUSIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS… THEN GOING IN AND OUT OF WORK…KEITH NOW HAS MORE THAN A HOME FOR HIS WIFE AND 3 KIDS… THEY HAVE A COMMUNITY..MURPHY SAYS: “MY KIDS WERE THE FIRST TO PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND SO THEY GOT TO WITNESS EVERYTHING (LAUGHS) THEY SEEN IT ALL.” ALICIA: A HAPPY STOP, ON A LONG JOURNEY MANY ARE STILL BATTLING… IN THE SEARCH TO FIND A HOME THEY CAN AFFORD.MURPHY SAYS: “LOOK WHERE WE ARE AT NOW YA KNOW.. ALICIA INNS, KXAN NEWS.. SHANNON:THE LAKELINE CAMPUS IS ALSO DESIGNED TO BE ENERGY EFFICIENT, SAVING PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE UP TO 75-PERCENT ON THEIR BILLS EACH MONTH.IT’S ALSO POSITIONED CLOSE TO TRANSIT SO PEOPLE CAN GET TO AND FROM WORK WITHOUT HAVING TO USE A CAR.SHANNON: SOMETHING ELSE THAT SETS LAKELINE STATION AND OTHER “FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES” APART — THE OTHER ON-SITE SERVICES THEY OFFER.. LIKE AFTER-SCHOOL AND SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS AND “ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE” CLASSES ARE OFFERED FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS. THEY ALSO PROVIDE FINANCIAL COACHING.. AND HELP WITH HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT. ROBERT: FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES OWNS AND OPERATES 14 FAMILY COMMUNITIES.. AND 5 EFFICIENCY STUDIO COMMUNITIES FOR SINGLES. MOST ARE IN THE AUSTIN AREA. ROBERT: LAKELINE STATION COST 27-POINT-2 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD. SOME OF THAT MONEY — CAME FROM THE 65-MILLION DOLLAR “AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND” AUSTIN VOTERS APPROVED IN 2013. “AFTER” CONSTRUCTION FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES SAYS 70-TO-80 PERCENT OF ITS OPERATING BUDGET COMES FROM THE “RENTS” RESIDENTS PAY. SHANNON: THIS WEEKEND — 10- PERCENT OF TICKET SALES FROM SATURDAY’S “WEIRD HOMES TOUR” OF AUSTIN WILL BE DONATED TO FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES. THIS IS VIDEO FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. THERE ARE 10 “WEIRD” HOMES ON THE TOUR THIS YEAR. YOU’LL FIND MORE INFORMATION.. IN THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING STORY ON

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5 thoughts on “Homeless, low income families get low rent at new affordable housing unit

  1. And I thought I was here first but I know I'm ready to get the hell out already. I've been living here well over a month coming up on 2. I had no idea the apartments were built for this. Where are all these numbers coming from on the families?

  2. that is fine but where is the incentive for anyone to move ahead financially?? who wants to lose a 300$ apartment?

  3. Just great – housing immigrants! BS! America forAmericans first! We need to take care of our own and if there’s anything left overhelp others!

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