A housing crisis is coming to Austin.
Austin’s new mayor is trying to fix the situation.
“We have to get this house built, because the house is not ready,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said at a press conference.
The Austin City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve the City Plan for the Construction of Affordable Housing.
It will now go to the City Manager for approval, and the city can go back to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for the necessary permits.
Adler said there are now about 7,500 homeless people in Austin, a city of just over 4 million people.
There are more than a dozen homeless shelters, shelters for the mentally ill, transitional housing, housing for the chronically homeless and a shelter for veterans, among other needs.
Some are now operating on a limited basis, with a shelter at Travis County Community College for people who cannot pay rent.
A number of homeless shelters were previously closed, but they are being reopened.
One shelter in Austin is operating under a temporary rental contract.
This will be the first time a city-run shelter has opened since 2005.
Austin Mayor Steve adler.
Austin City Manager Jeff Brandt said he expects the city will be able to find enough private donations for the city’s new housing needs.
Austin has been on the list for a federal grant since 2009, but was only awarded the grant on May 15, 2017.
When it comes to housing, Austin’s mayor says, “We have a long way to go.”
He said the city is going to need $5 billion to build more affordable housing.
We are the fastest-growing city in America.
The only city in the U.S. that we are going to have to grow faster than, which is, of course, to have more affordable affordable housing,” Adler told reporters.
With housing costs continuing to rise, Austin is now one of the cities with the highest percentage of homeless in the nation.
While the city has been making strides in affordable housing, it’s not easy.
At one shelter, homeless people are living in a makeshift camp that is made out of mattresses, blankets and garbage cans.
Many of the people are in their 20s and 30s.
As of last month, Austin was the only city with more homeless people than it had when the city was created in 1906.
According to the American Housing Survey, there were more than 2.8 million homeless people nationwide in 2016, and 6.6 million in Austin.
Austin’s population is expected to reach more than 15,000 people by 2020.
I am so proud of the city of Austin.
And I am so grateful to my city council and the people of Austin for working together to build affordable housing and to make sure that we can get it done in the next two years,” Adlers speech said.
Despite the efforts by Adler and the council, the city still has a long ways to go.
Its first priority is a new plan to help build affordable units.
The plan calls for an increase in the percentage of subsidized housing, which has increased dramatically in the past three years.
To build affordable apartments, the council will also look at a program that will provide rental assistance for residents who have a voucher, an income-based payment that gives them an extra $1,000 to rent.
Adler will also need to find money for the project.
Councilmember Amanda Fritz said she has been working on the housing plan since December, and she is excited to get to work.
If the city gets the funding, she said, “I am confident we can do this.
We have to do it in the most efficient way.”
This article originally appeared on VICE News.