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Published on Thursday, September 06, 2018

Councilman Brockhouse’s Statement on the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force Report

CONTACT: Joseph Lopez, (210) 315-4366
joseph.lopez@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 6, 2018) – The following comments are Councilman Brockhouse’s statement on the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force Report.

 

“I am not in support of the full report presented by the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force, although there are items we can agree on that require City intervention to solve housing affordability issues.  I am concerned about spending nearly $450 million from our General Fund over the next 10 years to fund projects that are not within the core responsibilities of local government.  This proposal has the potential to cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars to implement.  We do not need to hire 13 new employees and create a new executive position to change our housing focus.  Expanding City government is not the answer to affordable housing.  We can partner with the development and business community to lower fees and reduce regulations to make homes more affordable.  We should also be focusing on higher paying jobs to help more people afford housing costs.  However, I do look forward to finding answers for senior housing and preventing displacement of residents due to increased growth and development in our community.  This is just the beginning of what will be a robust discussion on the role of City Hall in the housing industry.”

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