Today, the City of San Antonio is due to formally begin the process of finding developers to build and preserve apartments, and build houses, as part of the $150 million housing bond.
The city unveiled earlier this week its Strategic Housing Incentive Plan—a 71-page document filled with analysis and potential solutions meant to aid 95,000 local households who are struggling with housing costs. But some housing observers say the document lacks proper public input.
Next May, for the first time, San Antonio voters will be asked to approve a $250 million housing bond toward affordability initiatives.
Over the past few months, San Antonio’s Housing Commission has worked to craft a universal definition of “affordable housing.”
Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Friday announced that he would appoint former District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales as chair of the city’s Housing Commission, despite protests from activists.
If approved by voters in May, the city charter amendment would allow bond dollars to be spent on housing and economic development projects.