Austin team to deliver mainstage keynote on affordable housing app at Code for America Summit 2019 | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Unified affordable housing data hub and website to help low-income renters

AUSTIN, May 29, 2019 — Austin CityUP, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development and the LBJ School of Public Affairs today announce that the Affordable Housing Solutions project team will serve as a mainstage keynote at Code for America Summit 2019 on May 31, 2019 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland, California. Code for America is a nonpartisan and nonprofit group that uses tech to make government services simpler and easier to access. The annual Code for America Summit is the premier event for public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists and volunteers to tackle some of government’s biggest challenges in the digital age.

"Our residents start with limited resources and limited time to use their Housing Choice Voucher — in a very tight market," said Lisa Garcia, vice president of the Housing Choice Voucher Program for the Housing Authority of the city of Austin. "The Code for America Fellowship helped us take the next step so families can find the best affordable housing options for each family's unique situation. When families can choose the best housing, they achieve self-sufficiency and quality of life, making Austin better as a whole."


""I am excited that my students were able to contribute research to help solve residents' search for suitable affordable housing with an open tool providing data on Austin's affordable housing landscape."
—LBJ Professor Sherri Greenberg

"I am excited that my students were able to contribute research to help solve residents' search for suitable affordable housing with an open tool providing data on Austin's affordable housing landscape," said Sherri Greenberg, professor of practice at the LBJ School. "Through our policy research project we were able to better understand the housing needs of various Austin residents and housing counselors."

What: Code for America Summit 2019 Mainstage Keynote, “Affordable Housing Crisis? Data Can Bridge the Gap!”
When: May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PST
Where: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Livestream: https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/summit/live


The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) is a public agency whose mission is to cultivate sustainable affordable housing communities and partnerships that inspire self reliance, growth and optimism. HACA administers 5,400 Housing Choice Vouchers and serves more than 5,000 people in public and assisted housing. For more information, visit hacanet.org, or find us on Twitter: @hacanet.

Austin CityUP is a smart city consortium of companies, organizations, and individuals collaborating to advance Austin through smart city techniques, including digital technologies, data collection, analytics, and modeling. The Austin CityUP Housing Committee launched in October, 2016 to provide a real-time searchable list of affordable housing that best meets a household’s needs and to provide insight into the City’s inventory and use of affordable housing, showing the impact of policy and market forces. https://www.austincityup.org; Twitter @AustinCityUP

The City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) mission is to provide housing and community development services to benefit eligible residents, so they can have access to livable neighborhoods and increase their opportunities for self-sufficiency. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/housing

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, one of the nation's top 10 public affairs schools, offers master’s degrees in domestic and global affairs, training students to tackle the most complex policy problems of our day through innovative approaches. Find @thelbjschool on social media and learn more at lbj.utexas.edu.