Homelessness in Austin
Austin has made significant progress addressing youth and veteran homelessness, but more work needs to be done. Mayor Adler will discuss some of the innovative strategies Austin is employing to provide all citizens with a sense of dignity.
About Our Speaker:
Mayor Adler was sworn into office in January 2015 and has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.
On affordability, Mayor Adler and the Council created a 6% homestead exemption in 2015 to provide a property tax break to homeowners, raising it to 8% in 2016. Under Adler, the Council also increased the senior and disabled property tax exemption to $82,500 in 2016 and to $85,000 in 2017, and approved a settlement with Austin Energy in August 2016 that lowered electric rates for everyone in town. Also in August 2016, HUD Secretary Julián Castro recognized Mayor Adler for completing the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. In April 2017, the Mayor and Council adopted the Strategic Housing Blueprint that set a strategic goal to create 60,000 housing units affordable to households at 80% of median family income. In June 2017, Mayor Adler and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt unveiled the Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan to lift 10,000 local residents out of poverty and into middle-income jobs over the next five years.
6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A
8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Directions and Parking to UT Club
Breakfast Fees & Policy