Non-white Austinites and certain districts face more housing shortages, report finds

A new report from the Austin Board of Realtors breaks down how housing shortages disproportionately affect certain Austinites.

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The Austin Board of Realtors found non-white Austinites have access to less affordable housing than white Austinites.

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Housing shortages affect certain Austinites more than others, according to a new report from the Austin Board of Realtors.

The report, which was released yesterday, found that undersupplied housing in certain City Council districts and among non-white residents. Here are three takeaways from the research, which analyzed affordability for four-person households:

  • All minority groups face lower housing affordability than white households in Austin. Black/African American households face the sharpest shortage, followed closely by Hispanic/Latino households.
  • City Council District 4 — which stretches from 51st St. to West Braker Lane along I-35 — has the greatest proportional for new housing, with an estimated shortage of ~32,000 homes.
  • City Council District 10 — which encompasses much of West Austin, north of the lake — has the lowest proportional need for new housing.

Read the full report, including ABOR’s six recommendations for local policymakers to improve affordability, online here.

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