District 10 City Councilwoman Sheri Gallo hosted a town hall meeting April 1 to discuss affordable housing in the district, which is the wealthiest district in the city.
Gallo said District 10 faces affordability issues for seniors on fixed incomes and workers who service the area, including teachers and employees who work in grocery stores and pharmacies workers.
“We create more jobs in Austin than any other city in our country,” she said.
But, she added, 60 percent of Austin workers cannot afford to live in city; instead, they move to the suburbs and commute.
“So what does that mean? More cars on the roads than there are already,” Gallo said.
Frances Ferguson of HousingWorks Austin—an affordable housing research, education and advocacy group—said District 10 is home to nearly 2,800 minimum wage jobs.
At the heart of the town hall discussion is the Cardinal Point Apartments, a proposed 125-unit complex proposed near Four Points Drive and RM 2222. Walter Moreau, executive director of Foundation Communities, told the nearly 50 meeting attendees potential residents in the complex would have to undergo credit and criminal history checks.