$450,000 Grant Announced to Support Affordable Housing Options for Middle-Income Austinites

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Affordable Central Texas (ACT), the investment manager and sponsor of the Austin Housing Conservancy Fund, a local open-ended private equity investment fund that preserves affordable multifamily rental housing for moderate- and middle-income Austinites, announced today it has received a $450,000 operating grant from St. Davids Foundation.

We’re incredibly grateful to St. Davids Foundation not only for the grant, but for their continued support, said David Steinwedell, CEO of Affordable Central Texas. We share a common goal to increase Austinites access to opportunity, whether that means proximity to good schools, transportation options or employment, and Im eager to explore the positive impact that stable housing can have on Austins moderate- and middle-income workforce.

Affordable Central Texas is among 41 nonprofits that received grants totaling more than $18 million from St. Davids Foundation in December 2018. The grant to be distributed to ACT over two years will be used to improve operations, assess residents educational, health care and financial needs, and determine and measure the impact of the Funds property purchases.

Its our vision to make Central Texas residents the healthiest people on the planet, said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. Davids Foundation. As rent prices increase, our teachers, first responders, nurses and others are pressured with a choice nobody should ever have to make: housing or opportunity. By partnering with ACT, we want to make sure Austins workforce has a stable place to live and access to opportunity.

To learn more about Affordable Central Texas, visit www.austinhousingconservancy.com/about. To learn more about the Fund, visit www.austinhousingconservancy.com.

About Affordable Central Texas

Affordable Central Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the sponsor and investment manager of the Austin Housing Conservancy Fund. ACT was formed in 2016 by a group of highly experienced Austin real estate, finance and affordable housing professionals. ACT has been the recipient of several recent operating grants from the St. Davids Foundation, TEGNA and SynerMark Properties in addition to previous grants from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Wells Fargo, Seton and IBC Bank, as well as contributions from numerous individuals. For more information, visit www.affordablectx.org.

About the Austin Housing Conservancy Fund

The Austin Housing Conservancy Fund is an open-ended social impact private equity fund. The first of its kind to provide long-term moderate- and middle-income housing preservation, the Funds purpose is to purchase and preserve affordable multifamily rental housing for Austinites. Raised, funded and deployed in Austin, the Fund delivers risk-adjusted financial returns through flexible, discretionary investments that directly benefit Austins teachers, nurses, first responders and other core workers. For more information, visit www.austinhousingconservancy.com.

About St. Davids Foundation

St. Davids Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, funding more than $70 million annually in a five-county area surrounding Austin, Texas. Through a unique partnership with St. Davids HealthCare, a Malcolm Baldrige award-winning hospital system in Central Texas, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from the hospital system back into the community, with the goal of building the healthiest community in the world. St. Davids Foundation also operates the largest mobile dental program providing charity care in the country and runs the largest healthcare scholarship program in Texas.

The foundations strategic priorities include:

  • Providing Central Texans with the healthiest care in the world,
  • Creating the healthiest places for Central Texans to live, and
  • Helping Central Texans become the healthiest people they can be.

Learn more about St. Davids Foundation at www.stdavidsfoundation.org

Victoria Jett
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