New affordable housing planned for Southwest Austin

January 9, 2014

Foundation Communities, a non-profit organization devoted to providing affordable housing throughout the city, is applying for funds to expand Southwest Trails apartments by 60 units on an eight-acre plot of land between Highway 71 and the current location at 8405 Old Bee Caves Road in Oak Hill.

“We’ve got land under contract that’s adjacent to us,” said Walter Moreau, executive director of Foundation Communities. “We’re just at the beginning stage so we haven’t got our site planning and engineering done.”

The Southwest Trails apartments, which were completed in 2001 as the first affordable housing in Southwest Austin, are made up of 160 apartments designated for working families in a $20,000 to $40,000 yearly income range. Rent is about $700 per month for a two-bedroom unit, Moreau said.

“Most of our families are working and everybody pays rent. It’s not Section 8 housing. It’s not public housing,” Moreau said. “We think it’s really important to still have some very well-maintained, first class affordable housing that can serve Southwest Austin.”

Moreau said Southwest Trails has established itself as an integral part of Oak Hill.

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