Relocation Assistance

As Austin’s housing market tightens, our low-income renters continue to be the most impacted. Austin has lost thousands of market-rate affordable housing and continues to see affordability disappear. Many Austinites have abruptly lost their homes and are subsequently pushed out of the city altogether. AURA recognizes the need to help displaced families find homes in Austin, which is why it endorses a Tenant Relocation Assistance ordinance. Continue reading

AURA commends City Council for allowing more backyard cottages in Austin

For Immediate Release AURA commends City Council for allowing more backyard cottages in Austin November 19, 2015 Austin, Texas AURA, an urbanist grassroots non-profit that works toward an Austin for Everyone, commends City Council for taking action to allow more Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) – known colloquially as granny flats, garage apartments, or backyard cottages – to be built in Austin. Continue reading

AURA urges City Council: After 18 months of public input, it is time to legalize backyard cottages citywide

For Immediate Release AURA will host a press conference Tuesday, November 17 at 8:30 am at City Hall November 17, 2015 Austin, Texas AURA, an urbanist grassroots non-profit that works toward an Austin for Everyone, along with a diverse coalition of organizations strongly urge Austin City Council to adopt the draft ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)—known colloquially as granny flats, garage apartments, or backyard cottages. Continue reading

Convention Center Follies; Austin Edition

The Austin Convention Center has recommended a long range master plan laying out their case for expansion west, taking the blocks bounded by 2nd on the South, 4th on the North, Trinity on the East, and San Jacinto on the West.  AURA opposes this on a variety of grounds, ranging from the tax revenue for the city to the viability of convention center-driven economic development to impacts on the downtown streetscape.   Continue reading

AURA Endorses Travis County Courthouse

Following a vote of our members, AURA is proud to announce our support of the Travis County Courthouse Bond Proposition.  The new Courthouse will replace aging infrastructure; the Courthouse will be centrally-located and transit accessible.     AURA member and co-founder Julio Gonzalez Altamirano says “This is a great deal. For a few bucks a month, we solve our Courtroom space needs for a century. If you want to save money, this is the time to build the basics - loan rates are unlikely to stay low forever. Building now is the fiscally sensible choice.” AURA board member Susan Somers adds  ““Everyone agrees on the need. We can either build modern, compact, and near transit...or we can build a facility that contributes to sprawl. AURA chose the former.” Continue reading

Guadalupe Corridor Is For People

AURA's Guadalupe Corridor Working Group has been following the corridor study process and has released the following report.  We call on Austin City Council and the Transportation Department to take bold steps.  We specifically encourage extending the transit priority lanes from downtown to the Drag, removing the wall on the east side of Guadalupe, and removing the on-street parking from the west side.  

Parkland Accessibility

At AURA, we're focused on building an Austin for Everyone through abundant housing and better public transportation.  Part of our platform calls for better utilizing our public parks by locating more housing near them - and make better child-friendly urban spaces.  With that in mind, we have some concerns about agenda item 58 on this week's Council agenda.   Continue reading

Should we Have a Customer-Focused CapMetro?

At the beginning of July, Capital Metro released two sets of data: one showing huge growth in revenue, and the other showing that ridership is declining in spite of that increased revenue.   Continue reading

Growing List of Organizations Join AURA’s Call to Legalize Backyard Cottages Across Austin

For Immediate Release Growing List of Organizations Join AURA’s Call to Legalize Backyard Cottages Across Austin AURA will host a press conference Tuesday, June 9th at 12 PM at City Hall June 9, 2015 Austin, Texas AURA, a grassroots non-profit that works toward an Austin for Everyone, is proud to announce the support of a broad coalition of organizations in the call for Austin City Council to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)—known colloquially as granny flats, garage apartments, or backyard cottages—to be built by any homeowner in Austin. Continue reading

AURA Calls on Austin City Council to Fight Housing Crisis by Legalizing Backyard Cottages Everywhere

For Immediate Release AURA Calls on Austin City Council to Fight Housing Crisis by Legalizing Backyard Cottages EverywhereNew report released today demonstrates that new rules can create thousands of of new affordable homes June 8, 2015Austin, Texas AURA, a grassroots non-profit that works toward an Austin for Everyone, calls on City Council to adopt a comprehensive ordinance that gives all homeowners across the city the option to build a backyard cottage (also known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADUs). Simplified rules proposed by AURA will lower the cost of new small homes, allow more of them in every neighborhood, and help Austinites struggling with housing costs to get more revenue from their homes or to rent an affordable home. Continue reading