Justice Center sponsors conference to explore best practices for connecting affordable homes and public transit in the Austin area, October 21, 2011

“Housing + Transit: Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region,” a conference cosponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest  Law, will take place on Friday, October 21, 2011.  The conference will address strategies to link housing and transportation, ensuring equal access to both for people of all income levels.

According to Community Development Clinic director and conference co-organizer Heather Way, “Austin is at a crossroads when it comes to investing in new transit opportunities.  This conference will bring together experts, elected officials, and policymakers to focus on national best practices for connecting affordable housing to accessible public transit in the Austin area.” The conference will feature Mayor of the City of Austin Lee Leffingwell, Austin City Council Member  Chris Riley, and other experts, advocates, and academics from across the country who will discuss ways to effectively plan and implement housing and transportation strategies.

The conference will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Lecture Hall, located at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Space is limited and registration is required. A limited number of free seats are available to UT faculty and students. For more information, visit www.housingworksaustin.org.

This event is presented by the Opportunity Forum at the University of Texas at Austin and HousingWorks Austin.  The Justice Center provides ongoing support to the Opportunity Forum, a newly formed interdisciplinary campus initiative, whose members work to expand equitable opportunities in Texas, focusing on affordable housing, community planning, economic development, education, and transportation. Other conference sponsors include the LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance, the Center for Sustainability Development at the School of Architecture, the Real Estate Council of Austin, KXAN, and the Urban Land Institute.

Contact: Heather Way, Director, Community Development Clinic, 512-232-1210, hway@law.utexas.edu

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