Property Tax Appeals & Affordable Housing Forum W/ Q&A

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Please join Blackshear Bridge, Blackshear Neighborhood Development Corporation & Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation for a panel plus questions and answers on property tax protests and affordable housing.

WHO: Moderators Donna Hoffman with Blackshear Bridge & Cynthia Mathis with Blackshear Neighborhood Development Corporation will pose questions to County Commissioner Brigid Shea, Travis County Appraisal District’s Chief Appraiser Marya D. Crigler, affordable housing developer Mark Rogers with Guadalupe-Saldana Subdivision and other special guests including District 1 Council Member Ora Houston or a representative of her office and Architect Tom Hatch.

WHAT: Forum to answer questions about filing your property tax appraisal protest due at the end of this month and about how Austin can close the gap between the need and the availability of affordable housing in central Austin.

WHEN: Wed., May. 27, 5:30 PM - Social and Refreshments, 6:00 Panel + Q&A, 7:30 Done & Tidy up.

WHERE: Carver Library, Room 2, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

WHY: Want to appeal your property tax appraisal? You’re just in time to get more information.
Interested in living in central east Austin but housing costs are too high?
Come hear about a handful of affordable and environmentally friendly options becoming available soon.

Let’s also talk about ways Austin can step up to fill the gap between need and availability.

Maintaining diversity is a core value behind the work of the volunteers of Blackshear Bridge. City of Austin demographer Ryan Robinson underlines that “sustainability requires diversity”. Robinson’s statistics show how “intense economic pressure” in 78702, one of the nation’s most rapidly gentrifying zip codes, is causing displacement of Latino and African American neighbors.

UT Professor Eric Tang’s Outlier study confirms Austin’s challenge to make it possible for African Americans to live in central Austin if they wish to. In Outlier, Tang describes that Austin is the only major city in the U.S. to experience a double digit rate of population growth between 2000-2010, while also experiencing a decline in the African American population.

Blackshear Bridge and our partner groups are located on the top of la loma, Prospect Hill. In 1928, Austin’s City plan displaced and relocated African Americans to live in Austin’s east side.

Blackshear Bridge asks you to join us and many Austinites working to build alternatives to the trend which sees people of color relocating to north and south suburbs. Making affordable housing available and policies to keep it affordable once it is built is a great way to help make Austin the diverse...and sustainable city we all want.

Come learn and lead with us on Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Carver Library, Room 2.

Thank you! Donna Hoffman
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