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Austin is the capital city of the state of Texas. Touted by many as the live music capital of the world, Austin is known mostly for its buzzing musical life, especially in the genres of rock, country, and blues. The city has an abundance of parks and lakes, all of which are popular areas for activities such as hiking, swimming, and boating. The Circuit of the Americas, owned by Formula One (and which, at one time, hosted the American Grand Prix), is also located South of the city. Attractions in Austin include the LBJ Presidential Library, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Zilker Metropolitan Park, Mount Bonnell, the Mayfield Park Cottage and Gardens, among others. Austin is home to a wide array of concerts, music festivals, and shows including the Moody Festival, Austin City Limits Live, the One World Theatre, etc. However, Austin is also a tech and business powerhouse, as a number of large companies such as Dell, Whole Foods, Amazon, Apple Inc., Cisco, eBay, Google, and IBM al have their headquarters or major offices located in the city.

EXPLORE Austin

Arts and culture "Keep Austin Weird" has been a local motto for years, featured on bumper stickers and T-shirts. This motto has not only been used in promoting Austin's eccentricity and diversity, but is also meant to bolster support of local independent businesses.[17] According to the 2010 book, Weird City, the phrase was begun by a local Austin Community College librarian, Red Wassenich, and his wife, Karen Pavelka, who were concerned about Austin's "rapid descent into commercialism and overdevelopment."[112] The slogan has been interpreted many ways since its inception, but remains an important symbol for many Austinites who wish to voice concerns over rapid growth and irresponsible development. Austin has a long history of vocal citizen resistance to development projects perceived to degrade the environment, or to threaten the natural and cultural landscapes.[113] According to the Nielsen Company, adults in Austin read and contribute to blogs more than those in any other U.S. metropolitan area.[114] Austin residents have the highest internet usage in all of Texas.[114] Austin was selected as the No. 2 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and No. 3 in 2009, and also the "Greenest City in America" by MSN.[115][116] According to Travel & Leisure magazine, Austin ranks No. 1 on the list of cities with the best people, referring to the personalities and attributes of the citizens.[117] In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS Money Watch.[118] In 2015, Forbes listed Austin as #1 Boom Town[119] because of its economic strength, including jobs among other appealing attributes. South Congress is a shopping district stretching down South Congress Avenue from Downtown. This area is home to coffee shops, eccentric stores, restaurants, food trucks, trailers and festivals. It prides itself on "Keeping Austin Weird", especially with development in the surrounding area(s). Old Austin "Old Austin" is an adage often used by the native citizens in Austin, Texas when being nostalgic to refer to the olden days of the capital city of Texas.[120] Although Austin is also known internationally as the live music capital of the world and its catch phrase/slogan Keep Austin Weird can be heard echoed in places as far as Buffalo, NY and Santa Monica, CA - the term Old Austin refers to a time when the city was smaller and more bohemian with a considerably lower cost of living and better known for its lack of traffic, hipsters, and urban sprawl.[121] It is often employed by longtime residents expressing displeasure at the rapidly changing culture.[122] Construction barrier on South Congress with sentiment towards growth of the city The growth and popularity of Austin[123] can be seen by the expansive development taking place in its downtown landscape.[124] Forbes ranked Austin as the second fastest-growing city in 2015.[125] This growth can have a negative impact on longtime small businesses that cannot keep up with the expenses associated with gentrification and the rising cost of real estate.[126] A former Austin Musician, Dale Watson, described his move away from Austin, "I just really feel the city has sold itself. Just because you’re going to get $45 million for a company to come to town – if it’s not in the best interest of the town, I don’t think they should do it. This city was never about money. It was about quality of life.”[127] Annual cultural events See also: Category:Festivals in Austin, Texas The sights of Austin's nightlife on 6th Street during 2012 South by Southwest Rear photo of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, located on Lady Bird Lake at 600 River Street in Austin. The center sponsors ethnic cultural events, including an annual celebration to the memory of labor figure Cesar Chavez. The O. Henry House Museum hosts the annual O. Henry Pun-Off, a pun contest where the successful contestants exhibit wit akin to that of the author William Sydney Porter. Other annual events include Eeyore's Birthday Party, Spamarama, Austin Gay Pride in August, the Austin Reggae Festival in April,[128] Kite Festival, Texas Craft Brewers Festival in September,[129] Art City Austin in April,[130] East Austin Studio Tour in November,[131] and Carnaval Brasileiro in February. Sixth Street features annual festivals such as the Pecan Street Festival and Halloween night. The three-day Austin City Limits Music Festival has been held in Zilker Park every year since 2002. Every year around the end of March and the beginning of April, Austin is home to "Texas Relay Weekend." Austin's Zilker Park Tree is a Christmas display made of lights strung from the top of a Moonlight tower in Zilker Park. The Zilker Tree is lit in December along with the "Trail of Lights," an Austin Christmas tradition. The Trail of Lights were cancelled four times, first starting in 2001 and 2002 due to the September 11 Attacks, and again in 2010 and 2011 due to budget shortfalls, but the trail was turned back on for the 2012 holiday season.[132] Music Main article: Music of Austin 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival with view of stages and Downtown Austin As Austin's official slogan is The Live Music Capital of the World, the city has a vibrant live music scene with more music venues per capita than any other U.S. city.[14][15] Austin's music revolves around the many nightclubs on 6th Street and an annual film/music/interactive festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW). The concentration of restaurants, bars, and music venues in the city's downtown core is a major contributor to Austin's live music scene, as the ZIP Code encompassing the downtown entertainment district hosts the most bar or alcohol-serving establishments in the U.S.[133] The longest-running concert music program on American television, Austin City Limits, is recorded at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Austin City Limits and C3 Presents produce the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual music and art festival held at Zilker Park in Austin. Other music events include the Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Chaos In Tejas and Old Settler's Music Festival. Austin Lyric Opera performs multiple operas each year (including the 2007 opening of Philip Glass's Waiting for the Barbarians, written by University of Texas at Austin alumnus J. M. Coetzee).[134] The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs a range of classical, pop and family performances and is led by Music Director and Conductor Peter Bay. The Austin Baroque Orchestra and La Follia Austin Baroque ensembles both give historically-informed performances of Baroque music. Film Austin hosts several film festivals including SXSW Film Festival and Austin Film Festival, which hosts international films. In 2004 the city was first in MovieMaker Magazine's annual top ten cities to live and make movies.[135] Austin has been the location for a number of motion pictures, partly due to the influence of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film. Films produced in Austin include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Songwriter (1984), Man of the House, Secondhand Lions, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Nadine, Waking Life, Spy Kids, The Faculty, Dazed and Confused, Wild Texas Wind, Office Space, The Life of David Gale, Miss Congeniality, Doubting Thomas, Slacker, Idiocracy, The New Guy, Hope Floats, The Alamo, Blank Check, The Wendall Baker Story, School of Rock, A Slipping-Down Life, A Scanner Darkly, Saturday Morning Massacre, and most recently, the Coen brothers' True Grit, Grindhouse, Machete, How to Eat Fried Worms, Bandslam and Lazer Team. In order to draw future film projects to the area, the Austin Film Society has converted several airplane hangars from the former Mueller Airport into filmmaking center Austin Studios. Projects that have used facilities at Austin Studios include music videos by The Flaming Lips and feature films such as 25th Hour and Sin City. Austin also hosted the MTV series, The Real World: Austin in 2005. The film review websites Spill.com and Ain't It Cool News are based in Austin. Rooster Teeth Productions, creator of popular web series such as Red vs. Blue and RWBY, is also located in Austin. Theater Austin has a strong theater culture, with dozens of itinerant and resident companies producing a variety of work. The Church of the Friendly Ghost is a volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counter-culture community. The city also has live performance theater venues such as the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Vortex Repertory Company, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechanicals' the Off Center, Austin Playhouse, Scottish Rite Children's Theater, Hyde Park Theatre, the Blue Theater, The Hideout Theatre, and Esther's Follies.[136] The Victory Grill was a renowned venue on the Chitlin' circuit.[137] Public art and performances in the parks and on bridges are popular. Austin hosts the Fuse Box Festival each April featuring theater artists.[138] The Paramount Theatre, opened in downtown Austin in 1915, contributes to Austin's theater and film culture, showing classic films throughout the summer and hosting regional premieres for films such as Miss Congeniality.[139] The Zilker Park Summer Musical is a long-running outdoor musical.[140] The Long Center for the Performing Arts is a 2,300-seat theater built partly with materials reused from the old Lester E. Palmer Auditorium. Ballet Austin is the fourth largest ballet academy in the country.[141] Each year Ballet Austin's 20-member professional company performs ballets from a wide variety of choreographers, including their international award-winning artistic director, Stephen Mills. The city is also home to the Ballet East Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble, and the Tapestry Dance Company which performs a variety of dance genres. The Austin improvisational theatre scene has several theaters: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theater, The New Movement Theater, and The Institution Theater. Austin also hosts the Out of Bounds Improv Festival, which draws comedic artists in all disciplines to Austin. Museums and other points of interest Museums in Austin include the Texas Memorial Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Thinkery, the Blanton Museum of Art (reopened in 2006), the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum across the street (which opened in 2000), The Contemporary Austin, the Elisabet Ney Museum and the galleries at the Harry Ransom Center. The Texas State Capitol itself is also a major tourist attraction. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus in Austin The Driskill Hotel, built in 1886, once owned by George W. Littlefield, and located at 6th and Brazos streets, was finished just before the construction of the Capitol building. Sixth Street is a musical hub for the city. The Enchanted Forest, a multi-acre outdoor music, art, and performance art space in South Austin hosts events such as fire-dancing and circus-like-acts.[142] Austin is also home to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, which houses documents and artifacts related to the Johnson administration, including LBJ's limousine and a re-creation of the Oval Office. Locally produced art is featured at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. The Mexic-Arte Museum is a Mexican and Mexican-American art museum founded in 1983. Austin is also home to the O. Henry House Museum, which served as the residence of O. Henry from 1893 to 1895. Farmers' markets are popular attractions, providing a variety of locally grown and often organic foods.[143] Austin also has many odd statues and landmarks, such as the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, the Willie Nelson statue, the Mangia dinosaur, the Loca Maria lady at Taco Xpress, the Hyde Park Gym's giant flexed arm, and Daniel Johnston's Hi, How are You? Jeremiah the Innocent frog mural.[144] The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge houses the world's largest urban population of Mexican free-tailed bats. Starting in March,[145][146] up to 1.5 million bats take up residence inside the bridge's expansion and contraction zones as well as in long horizontal grooves running the length of the bridge's underside, an environment ideally suited for raising their young. Every evening around sunset, the bats emerge in search of insects, an exit visible on weather radar. Watching the bat emergence is an event that is popular with locals and tourists, with more than 100,000 viewers per year. The bats migrate to Mexico each winter.[147] The Austin Zoo, located in unincorporated western Travis County, is a rescue zoo that provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of situations, including those involving neglect. Sports Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, home of Texas Longhorns football Main article: Sports in Austin Many Austinites support the athletic programs of the University of Texas at Austin known as the Texas Longhorns. During the 2005–06 academic term, Longhorns football team was named the NCAA Division I FBS National Football Champion, and Longhorns baseball team won the College World Series.[148][149] The Texas Longhorns play home games in the state's second-largest sports stadium, Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, seating over 101,000 fans.[150] Baseball games are played at UFCU Disch–Falk Field. Austin is the most populous city in the United States without a major-league professional sports team.[151] Minor-league professional sports came to Austin in 1996, when the Austin Ice Bats began playing at the Travis County Expo Center;[152] they were later replaced by the AHL Texas Stars.[153] Austin has hosted a number of other professional teams, including the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League,[154] the Austin Aztex of the United Soccer League, the Austin Outlaws in WFA football, and the Austin Aces in WTT tennis. Natural features like the bicycle-friendly Texas Hill Country and generally mild climate make Austin the home of several endurance and multi-sport races and communities. The Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10 K race in Texas, and approximately fifth largest in the United States.[155] The Austin Marathon has been run in the city every year since 1992. Additionally the city is home to the largest 5 mile race in Texas,[156] named the Turkey Trot as it is run annually on thanksgiving. Started in 1991 by Thundercloud Subs, a local sandwich chain (who still sponsors the event), the event has grown to host over 20,000 runners. All proceeds are donated to Caritas of Austin, a local charity. Austin area professional sports teams Club Sport Founded League Venue Round Rock Express Baseball 2000 Pacific Coast League(AAA) Dell Diamond Austin Spurs Basketball 2005 NBA G League H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Texas Stars Ice hockey 2009 American Hockey League H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Austin Outlaws Football 2003 Women's Football Alliance House Park Austin Huns Rugby 1972 Texas Rugby Union Huns Field at Nixon Lane Austin Elite Rugby Rugby 2017 Major League Rugby Stadium ATX Austin Bold FC Soccer 2018 United Soccer League Bold Stadium The Austin-founded American Swimming Association hosts several swim races around town. Austin is also the hometown of several cycling groups and the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.[157] Combining these three disciplines is a growing crop of triathlons, including the Capital of Texas Triathlon held every Memorial Day on and around Lady Bird Lake, Auditorium Shores, and Downtown Austin.[158] In June 2010 it was announced that the Austin area would host the Formula One, United States Grand Prix, from 2012 until 2021. The State pledged $25 million in public funds annually for 10 years to pay the sanctioning fees for the race.[159][160] A Formula One circuit was built at an estimated cost of $250 to $300 million, and is located just east of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.[161][162] Circuit of the Americas also plays host to MotoGP World Championships from 2013. The summer of 2014 marked the inaugural season for World TeamTennis team Austin Aces, formerly Orange County Breakers of the southern California region. Austin Aces played their matches at the Cedar Park Center northwest of Austin, and featured former professionals Andy Roddick and Marion Bartoli, as well as current WTA tour player Vera Zvonareva.[163] The team left after the 2015 season. Parks and recreation Austin's Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest man-made pool in Texas. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department received the Excellence in Aquatics award in 1999 and the Gold Medal Awards in 2004 from the National Recreation and Park Association.[164][165] Home to more than 50 public swimming pools, Austin has parks and pools throughout the city. There are several well-known swimming locations. These include Deep Eddy Pool, Texas' oldest man-made swimming pool, and Barton Springs Pool, the nation's largest natural swimming pool in an urban area.[166][167] Barton Springs Pool is spring-fed while Deep Eddy is well-fed. Both range in temperature from about 68.0 °F (20.0 °C) during the winter to about 71.6 °F (22.0 °C) during the summer.[168][169][170] Hippie Hollow Park, a county park situated along Lake Travis, is the only officially sanctioned clothing-optional public park in Texas. Activities include rockclimbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, exploring, and hiking along the greenbelt, a long-spanning area that runs through the city. Some well known naturally forming swimming holes along Austin's greenbelt include Twin Falls, Sculpture Falls and Campbell's Hole. Zilker Park, a large green area close to downtown, forms part of the greenbelt along the Colorado River. Hamilton Pool is a pool and wildlife park located about 30 minutes from the city.[171]

FIND EVENTS IN Austin

Weather Forecast for Austin

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 66. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Increasing clouds, with a low around 69. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 92. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 10 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 95. South wind around 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 71. South wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Austin News and Events

North American Airports Announce Lineup for JetStream Music Festival

North American Airports Announce Lineup for JetStream Music Festival mcclendonm Fri, 05/01/2020 - 13:01

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Gina Chavez, an Austin Latin pop artist, will host the JetStream Music Festival.

AUSTIN, TEXAS The JetStream Music Festival, taking place on May 6 at 5p.m. CST, is an online celebration of music between 23 North American airports. The stream will take place on Facebook Live and will feature performances from musicians representing each participating city. Each musician will have a virtual tip jar to which viewers can contribute during the stream.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will host the livestream from Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. Austins Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez, will perform and host the event.

The full lineup for the event will be as follows:

  • Gina Chavez- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Don Hicks- Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Eddy Fabrizio Castellanos- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
  • Jane Kramer- Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
  • Chuck Courtenay- Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)
  • Lauren Eylise- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Kendal Conrad- Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)
  • Chill Moody- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Julian Taylor- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Honey & Blue- John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)
  • Big Blitz- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Key to Adam- Yeager Airport (CRW)
  • Zuriel Merek- Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
  • John Hayes- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • The Honey Vines- Evansville Regional Airport (EVV)
  • Robin Barnes- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Rhythm Kings- Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
  • Leah Leyva- Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)
  • Patrick Contreras- Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
  • Tyler F. Simmons- John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Jordan Richard- Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Nico Hueso- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • Tomo Nakayama- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

The stream will also highlight community organizations and resources in each city.

For more information on the JetStream Music Festival, clickhere.

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Owned and operated by the City of Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is the second-fastest growing, mid-sized airport in the United States. Austin-Bergstrom is also an economic engine in Central Texas, supplying over 74,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Central Texas region. Its reflection of local food, music, art, and customer service has earned AUS recognitionincluding Runner-Up for Best Airport in the Wall Street Journals Best U.S. Airports 2019.

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Fatality Crash #28

Fatality Crash #28 cortinasl Fri, 05/01/2020 - 12:15

Case: 20-1110956

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 3:43 p.m.

Location: East Ben White Blvd. service road and Todd Lane

Deceased: Lucino Gonzales LandaVerde, White male, (D.O.B. 06/30/70)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2019 flatbed truck ran the red light crossing over the eastbound lanes of Ben White service road heading southbound on Todd Lane. The flatbed truck struck a white, 2011 Ford F-150 on the drivers side of the vehicle. The driver of the F-150 was pronounced deceased on scene at 4:02 p.m.

No charges are expected at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APDs Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6873. You can also submit tips by downloading APDs mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

This is Austins 28th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in 30 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were 24 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

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Fatality Crash #30

Fatality Crash #30 cortinasl Fri, 05/01/2020 - 11:59

Case: 20-1190565

Date: April 28, 2020

Time: 12:19 p.m.

Location: 2200 block of N. U.S. Hwy 183

Deceased: Jedidiah Ephraim Brown, Black Female (D.O.B. 9/14/79)

The preliminary investigation shows that a maroon, 2008 Nissan Altima was broken down in the outside lane of the 2200 block of N. U.S. Hwy 183. A white, 2016 Izuzu box truck was traveling southbound in the outside lane and collided with the back end of the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where she was pronounced deceased at 1:12 p.m.

No charges are expected at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APDs Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading APDs mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

This is Austins 30th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in 32 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were 25 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

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Fatality Crash #29

Fatality Crash #29 cortinasl Fri, 05/01/2020 - 11:55

Case: 20-1111468

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 10:31 p.m.

Location: 7800 block of N. IH-35

Deceased: Identity unavailable

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, 2014 F150 truck was traveling northbound in the inside lane in the 7800 block of N. IH-35 when it collided with a pedestrian who was walking with his acquaintance.

The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, was pronounced deceased on scene. The acquaintance was not injured.

The driver of the truck remained on scene. There are no charges expected.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APDs Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6873. You can also submit tips by downloading APDs mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

This is Austins 29th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resulting in 31 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were 24 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

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Neighborhood Housing Department Issues $1.2M in Rental Assistance to Be Administered by Austin Housing Authority

Neighborhood Housing Department Issues $1.2M in Rental Assistance to Be Administered by Austin Housing Authority pattersonj Fri, 05/01/2020 - 09:56

Applicants must apply 9:00 a.m. May 4th through 11:59 p.m. May 6th

The City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD) is providing $1.2 million in emergency rental assistance to Austinites affected by the COVID-19outbreak to be administered through a contract with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT)program will distribute one-time rental subsidies through a lottery system similar to HACAs Housing Choice Voucher program. Residents must apply for the lottery through HACAs RENT website at www.atxrenthelp.org starting May 4th at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. on May 6th. More information is available www.atxrenthelpinfo.org.

Funding for this emergency rental assistance is being accessed from the Citys local funds. In this time of pandemic and economic uncertainty, Austin families need the security of safe and stable housing, said Rosie Truelove, Director of NHCD.

While we recognize that $1.2 million can only go so far, we are committed to our ongoing efforts to identify and access additional help for these families as soon as we possibly can. Providing this rental assistance is something we can do right now, Truelove said.

HACA will manage the intake and processing of applications, determine applicant eligibility, andupon approvaldirect payments to landlordsto help cover tenants rent obligations.

The RENT Program is expected to help more than 1,000 families in our community stay in their homes during this difficult time, said Michael Gerber, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. We applaud the Mayor and City Council providing critical funds for this emergency rental assistance program. While the needs in our community will likely far exceed the rent help available, HACA is committed to moving funds quickly to help as many Austin families as possible."

Applicants not selectedin the lottery will receive written notification from HACA, with a list of additional potential alternative resources. Should additional funding become available, all eligible Austin renters would be able to apply for subsequent lotteries or programs to ensure the broadest distribution of rental assistance possible.

Eligibility for Rental Assistance

Eligibility is limited to City of Austin households that are at or below80 percent of the Median Family Income (see table below) who can document both a financial impact by COVID-19and need of rent relief(e.g., paystubs, unemployment notice, notice of rent due, etc.). Applicants must also demonstrate that they are party to an existing lease agreementand are not recipients of other rental assistance programs.


Amount of Assistance Available
The amount of rental assistance will be determined either by the number of bedrooms in the apartment OR the actual monthly rent amount (per the current lease), whichever is LOWEST minus the 30 percent of the households gross monthly income (see table below).

City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler praised the collaborative nature of the program.

"With so many out of work, the cries for rent relief are loud and they are being heard. Thank you to the Housing Authority and the Austin Apartment Association for helping to rapidly deploy the RENT relief program for those in greatest need. This is our community coming together to get crucial work done," said Adler.

Adlers remarks were echoed by Austin Council Member for District 4 and Chair of the City of Austin Housing and Planning Committee Greg Casar.

Addressing the crisis is a community issue. No one should lose their home because of the COVID crisis, said Casar. The City is here to help with the RENT program to provide Austinites the support they need paying May rent. For us to protect everyones housing stability, we also need landlords in the community to look for ways to offer additional relief through decreased rents and relaxed rules."

Similar agreement was expressed by Austin Apartment Association Executive Vice President Emily Blair.

Austin Apartment Association member staffs are working closely with families in their communities to help connect people with resources and meet immediate needs, so we know many people who need these funds, said Austin Apartment Association Executive Vice President Emily Blair.

Our property managers will be eager to share this rental assistance source with their residents in need. On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of residents in our communities, we thank the City of Austin for helping Austin renters remain safe in their homes and helping keep the Citys housing supply stable, Blair said.

For more information about theRENT program, call or text the HACA RENT Call Center phone number at (512) 400-4275. Visit www.atxrenthelpinfo.org or www.austintexas.gov/RENT for more information.

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Neighborhood Housing Department Issues $1.2M in Rental Assistance to Be Administered by Austin Housing Authority

Neighborhood Housing Department Issues $1.2M in Rental Assistance to Be Administered by Austin Housing Authority hayness Fri, 05/01/2020 - 08:02

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Photo depicts a calendar with the words: Rent Due on the Monday the 1st.

Applicants must apply 9:00 a.m. May 4th through 11:59 p.m. on May 6th.

AUSTIN, TX --The City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD) is providing $1.2 million in emergency rental assistance to Austinites affected by the COVID-19outbreak to be administered through a contract with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT)program will distribute one-time rental subsidies through a lottery system similar to HACAs Housing Choice Voucher program. Residents must apply for the lottery through HACAs RENT website at www.atxrenthelp.org starting May 4th at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. on May 6th. More information is available www.atxrenthelpinfo.org.

Funding for this emergency rental assistance is being accessed from the Citys local funds. In this time of pandemic and economic uncertainty, Austin families need the security of safe and stable housing, said Rosie Truelove, Director of NHCD.

While we recognize that $1.2 million can only go so far, we are committed to our ongoing efforts to identify and access additional help for these families as soon as we possibly can. Providing this rental assistance is something we can do right now, Truelove said.

HACA will manage the intake and processing of applications, determine applicant eligibility, andupon approvaldirect payments to landlordsto help cover tenants rent obligations.

The RENT Program is expected to help more than 1,000 families in our community stay in their homes during this difficult time, said Michael Gerber, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. We applaud the Mayor and City Council providing critical funds for this emergency rental assistance program. While the needs in our community will likely far exceed the rent help available, HACA is committed to moving funds quickly to help as many Austin families as possible."

Applicants not selectedin the lottery will receive written notification from HACA, with a list of additional potential alternative resources. Should additional funding become available, all eligible Austin renters would be able to apply for subsequent lotteries or programs to ensure the broadest distribution of rental assistance possible.

Eligibility for Rental Assistance

Eligibility is limited to City of Austin households that are at or below80 percent of the Median Family Income (see table below) who can document both a financial impact by COVID-19and need of rent relief(e.g., paystubs, unemployment notice, notice of rent due, etc.). Applicants must also demonstrate that they are party to an existing lease agreementand are not recipients of other rental assistance programs.

FY 2020 Income Limit Category

Persons in Household

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Annual Income at 80% of MFI

$54,700

$62,500

$70,300

$78,100

$84,350

$90,600

$96,850

$103,100



Amount of Assistance Available

The amount of rental assistance will be determined either by the number of bedrooms in the apartment OR the actual monthly rent amount (per the current lease), whichever is LOWEST minus the 30 percent of the households gross monthly income (see table below).

Rental Assistance Limits by Number of Bedrooms in Units

Efficiency/$900

1 Br/ $1,000

2 Br/ $1,200

3 Br/ $1,400

4 Br/ $1,800

5 Br/ $2,000


City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler praised the collaborative nature of the program.

"With so many out of work, the cries for rent relief are loud and they are being heard. Thank you to the Housing Authority and the Austin Apartment Association for helping to rapidly deploy the RENT relief program for those in greatest need. This is our community coming together to get crucial work done," said Adler.

Adlers remarks were echoed by Austin Council Member for District 4 and Chair of the City of Austin Housing and Planning Committee Greg Casar.

Addressing the crisis is a community issue. No one should lose their home because of the COVID crisis, said Casar. The City is here to help with the RENT program to provide Austinites the support they need paying May rent. For us to protect everyones housing stability, we also need landlords in the community to look for ways to offer additional relief through decreased rents and relaxed rules."

Similar agreement was expressed by Austin Apartment Association Executive Vice President Emily Blair.

Austin Apartment Association member staffs are working closely with families in their communities to help connect people with resources and meet immediate needs, so we know many people who need these funds, said Austin Apartment Association Executive Vice President Emily Blair.

Our property managers will be eager to share this rental assistance source with their residents in need. On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of residents in our communities, we thank the City of Austin for helping Austin renters remain safe in their homes and helping keep the Citys housing supply stable, Blair said.

For more information about theRENT program, call or text the HACA RENT Call Center phone number at (512) 400-4275. Visit www.atxrenthelpinfo.org or www.austintexas.gov/RENT for more information.

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City of Austin Opens Heritage Grant Applications for Historic Preservation

City of Austin Opens Heritage Grant Applications for Historic Preservation samov Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:39

AUSTIN, TX The City of Austin Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program.

The Heritage Grant is aimed at honoring and preserving Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Projects must be at, or in the immediate vicinity of, convention center facilities, or located in areas frequented by tourists and convention delegates. The deadline for online applications is Friday, July 10.

The Heritage Tourism Division supports programs to attract tourists and convention delegates which derive economic, business, and community benefits associated with honoring and preserving Austin as a place of personal heritage.

Eligible Heritage Grant projects include:

  • Heritage Capital Projects: Preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings or sites.
  • Site-Specific Heritage Tourism Projects: Planning, educational, and marketing related projects that enhance the understanding of significant historic places/events or provide new insight or new perspectives on well documented places/events tied to a historic site. Potential projects could include:
    • Digital projects
    • Improved preservation and access to special collections and exhibits
    • Development of augmented and virtual reality applications or websites
    • Audiovisual collections
    • Preservation Plans
    • Historic nomination/designation fees
    • Website improvement
    • Exhibit materials
    • Tourist marketing materials such as brochures and rack cards

All grants will be made on a competitive basis. Maximum amount for capital projects is up to $250,000 per application.

Complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and a link to the online application may be accessed at www.austintexas.gov/heritage-grants.

Deadline to Apply:

July 10, 2020 11:59 p.m.

Interested applicants are encouraged to RSVP to attend an upcoming Virtual Information Meeting by visiting: www.AustinEconomicDevelopment.eventbrite.com

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions:

May 8, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

May 20, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

June 5, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

June 24, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For more information or to schedule a virtual meeting contact Melissa Alvarado, Heritage Tourism Division Manager at melissa.alvarado@austintexas.gov or 512-974-7870.

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About the City of Austin Economic Development Department

The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visitwww.austintexas.gov/eddandfollow @econvitalityatx on Twitter.

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Fatality Crash #28

Fatality Crash #28 cortinasl Thu, 04/30/2020 - 13:03

Case:20-1110956

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 3:43 p.m.

Location: East Ben White Blvd. service road and Todd Lane

Deceased: Lucino Gonzales LandaVerde, White male, (D.O.B. 06/30/70)

The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2019 flatbed truck ran the red light crossing over the eastbound lanes of Ben White service road heading southbound on Todd Lane. The flatbed truck struck a white, 2011 Ford F-150 on the drivers side of the vehicle. The driver of the F-150 was pronounced deceased on scene at 4:02 p.m.

No charges are expected at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APDs Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6873. You can also submit tips by downloading APDs mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

This is Austins 28th fatal traffic crash of 2020, resultingin 30 fatalities this year. At this time in 2019, there were 24 traffic fatalities.

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APD Seeking Public Assistance with Robbery Series Investigation

APD Seeking Public Assistance with Robbery Series Investigation cortinasl Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:00

Cases: 20-0921144 | 20-0991099 | 20-1191301

Dates:April 1, 2020 | April 8, 2020 | April 28, 2020

Times:7:14 p.m. | 6:53 p.m. | 9:30 p.m.

Locations:Multiple Walgreens locations

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is seeking the publics assistance with information about a robbery series that began on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Walgreens located at 3407 W. Wells Branch Parkway. The second robbery occurred at the Walgreens at 5345 N. IH-35 the following Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The most recent robbery was at the Walgreens located at 12550 Metric Boulevard on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

The suspect uses a similar routine each time. He enters the store, possibly with a weapon in his pocket, and demands money from the cashier. The suspect then flees on foot. There have not been any injuries associated with these incidents.

The suspect, pictured below, is described as:

  • White male
  • Early to mid-20s
  • Thin build
  • Light brown hair and eyes
  • Light brown stubble/possible facial hair
  • Last seen wearing white surgical mask, grey hoodie, off-white or grey pants, black and white tennis shoes (possibly Vans)

There is also a crime commercial available about this series on the APD YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/oDMNw4Y01ts

Detectives are asking anyone with information about these incidents to call the APD robbery tip line at 512-974-5092 or to reach out to Crime Stoppers at 512-974-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App You may remain anonymous.You can also submit tips by downloading APDs mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

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National Recognition for Austin's Parks and Recreation Department

National Recognition for Austin's Parks and Recreation Department matvyr Wed, 04/29/2020 - 13:06

Image for Long Range Plan, Our Parks, Our Future

The American Planning Associations Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) recently honored the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) with an Award for Excellence in Sustainability. The award is for Our Parks, Our Future, the most recent Long Range Plan that guides the growth and development of Austins parks and recreation system.

PARD is one of only eight winners across the country to receive an Excellence in Sustainability Award, which recognizes extraordinary projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. SCD selected PARD for the Open Space Plan or Project category.

Environmental stewardship is central to Our Parks, Our Future. As Austin's population continues to increase, it is essential that the city grow in a way that protects the regions sensitive natural features and provides opportunities for the community to connect with and learn from the natural environment. The plan recommends adding new parkland acres, increasing natural areas, incorporating stormwater infrastructure, growing the number of community gardens in parks, prioritizing park development along waterways, and conserving parkland in the eastern part of Austin. The plan also addressed social equity by prioritizing projects in areas with elevated poverty and disability rates, less walking access to parks, and a higher percentage of people of color.

We are honored to receive an Award for Excellence in Sustainability for the Our Parks, Our Future Long Range Plan, and to implement the community's vision for environmental sustainability," said Kimberly McNeeley, Director of PARD.

Every ten years, PARD develops a new Long Range Plan to guide land acquisition, capital improvements, and the development of programs and new amenities to ensure a stronger park system. Our Parks, Our Future reflects the communitys desire for expansion of Austins trail system, immersive natural experiences, and expanded arts and culture programming in parks.

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