The City Council on Thursday approved the Strategic Housing Implementation Plan, a framework document with the overarching goal of helping 95,000 households in San Antonio who spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing.
Jessica O. Guerrero
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.
A growing number of advocates are demanding that the City of San Antonio stop using property tax exemptions to build housing, while Texas lawmakers have a similar debate in Austin.
If approved by voters in May, the city charter amendment would allow bond dollars to be spent on housing and economic development projects.