UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin Present HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

April 4, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall, Room 2.104, 2313 Red River St., Austin, TX  78705

8:00am – 12:00pm

A forum on linking transit and affordable housing policies in our region to build sustainable, inclusive communities. As Austin prepares for a November bond referendum on a new high-capacity transit investment, we will explore why Austin needs to link its plans for transit with affordable housing. Come learn from national and local experts about the tools available to get transit and affordable housing on track together. 

Participate in the conversation about HOUSING + TRANSIT using #HTATX

Video of the Conference
Audio of the Conference

Shelley Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

About Shelley
Shelley Poticha is a national leader in linking transportation, housing, and land use policies to create more sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to joining NRDC, Shelley served as the first director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she led the initiative to transform the federal New Starts transit program to improve housing affordability and build inclusive communities along transit corridors. Shelley is the former President and CEO of Reconnecting America and former Executive Director of the Congress for New Urbanism.

8:00 am      Sign In and Light Breakfast

8:15        Welcome Remarks
Heather Way
Director | Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
UT School of Law

8:30        Framing the Issue
Dr. Elizabeth Mueller
Associate Professor | Community and Regional Planning
Video of Presentation

8:50        Keynote Address
Shelley Poticha
Director | Urban Solutions Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Video of Presentation

9:45        Break

10:00     Panel Discussion
John-Michael Cortez
Community Involvement Manager | Capital Metro

Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director | HousingWorks Austin

Kyle Keahey
Vice President | HNTB Corp.

Garner Stoll
Former Assistant Director | Neighborhood Planning & Zoning
City of Austin
Video of Panel Discussion

11:30    Audience Q&A with Panelists

12:00     Close

The Importance of Affordable Housing in Competing for Federal New Starts Funding

The New Starts Grant and Affordable Housing: A Roadmap for Austin’s Project Connect

Center for Sustainable Development

LBJ School Center for Politics and Governance
Liveable City
Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter
Imagine Austin, City of Austin
Capital Metro
Austin Board of REALTORS®

More information: