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Dallas Council Passes Sweeping Housing Policy

May 10, 2018 - 6:39 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas city council unanimously passes a sweeping housing policy aimed at making more affordable housing available to lower-income earners.

The plan will set yearly goals for types of affordable housing and will create incentives for home builders, homeowners, sellers and landlords.

At today's council meeting, more than a dozen residents spoke out; with some saying that the plan does not go far enough.

"Our neighborhoods in southern Dallas has never received equitable city services, and this policy once again does not address inequities," said one resident.

"The goal in this plan of producing 879 units over a three-year period for people making 30-percent of the area median income falls far short of what is needed," said another resident.

Councilman Scott Griggs says the policy is merely a first step.

"We are setting forward some priorities in this housing policy," says Griggs, "and that's going to be good for the entire city and hopefully begin to turn around the housing situation, because we can all agree the way we have done it here for 20, 30 years is not getting the results that we need. It's not working."

The city says there's a shortage of about 20,000 affordable housing units and that nearly 60-percent of all homes in the city sold for at least $300,000.

"This is just verison one of the housing policy," said Griggs, "and we're sure in the coming years to see version two (and) version three, and continually to improve with lots of ideas."