Austin is in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis. East Austin’s 78702 zip code is one of the most gentrified zip codes in the nation. In the white paper A Jewel in the Violet Crown — A People’s Plan to Preserve Austin’s Public Housing, Preserve Rosewood answers in great detail the “how” and “why” of preserving America’s oldest black public housing.
In this document you will learn:
- The public housing legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson
- Why we must keep the public in public housing
- Why addressing gentrification requires addressing issues of heritage preservation
- Why public entities like housing authorities have a special obligation to preserve the social, environmental and community integrity of historic properties
- Why preserving public housing helps to tackle institutional racism
- How preserving public housing creates unique opportunities for public entrepreneurship and innovation
- How public housing rehabilitation can help meet Austin’s climate protection goals while raising building standards, and supporting local building trades.
- An introduction to Passive House and how it can be used at Rosewood Courts
- Financing opportunities