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Title: Ken Corby Board Chair Of Austin Habitat For Humanity


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Ken Corby Board Chair
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity brings people
    together to build homes, communities, and hope.
    Austin Habitat focuses on the holistic experience
    of homeownership as a catalyst for community
    change. Austin Habitat goes beyond the well-known
    new homeownership program by also offering
    critical home repairs to low-income homeowners
    and housing counseling to the general Austin
    community. Our programs are designed to develop
    and preserve strong communities by providing
    comprehensive services that prepare homebuyers
    for the responsibilities of homeownership,
    incentivize long-term ownership, and keep
    existing homeowners in their homes

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • As vice chair of the Austin Habitat for Humanity
    board, I became familiar with Ikram Nassifs
    story. She moved to Austin after fleeing Beirut,
    Lebanon, in 1998. Shortly after, she moved into
    government-subsidized housing and began the job
    she still has to this day, as a housekeeper at
    the Four Seasons. Despite working long hours for
    17 years, Ikram could never afford to move out of
    subsidized housing, not with three children to
    feed and clothe and certainly not in a city where
    housing costs have skyrocketed.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Nassif is one example of a systemic flaw in our
    American dream dedication and hard work will get
    you there as long as your dedication and hard
    work are in a higher wage bracket. Unfortunately,
    this is now truer for Austin than any other U.S.
    metro area. Our city has become a major player in
    the wealth-gap game, and the issue can be tied
    directly to housing.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • The capital citys job market is one of the
    healthiest from a federal standpoint, but when
    you look in the microcosm, you see most of the
    opportunities are created in low-paying jobs,
    such as Nassifs. This has an interesting effect.
    Unlike the national trend of declining rates,
    Austins homeownership rate has stayed at 45
    percent for more than a decade. The increasing
    prices blocked out new owners and instead created
    habitual renters. Now, as home prices rise, these
    renters dont experience wealth growth. Instead,
    they get increased rent, which decreases their
    wealth. For people who are already low-income,
    this hit is devastating 69 percent of low-income
    Austin renters spend almost half their income
    solely on housing.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • The issue is daunting, but as a city we recognize
    this. Mayor Adlers adamancy for more affordable
    housing is a step forward. As an organization,
    Austin Habitat does more to combat these
    affordability issues than many know. Here, I do
    not refer to breadth, but rather depth. It is
    understood we build homes. It is not understood
    that our clients make mortgage payments,
    physically build the homes alongside volunteers
    and are required to complete financial and
    mortgage counseling courses. We also have a
    home-repair program, which makes critical repairs
    to existing homes, and we offer free financial
    services to the public. After 30 years and 395
    homes built, we have been fighting. We fight not
    just for affordability, but for sustainability.
    To achieve this we must innovate.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • With the landscape of Austin changing so rapidly,
    land to build on is becoming scarce, especially
    for a nonprofit that can be easily outbid by
    private businesses. This means we are faced with
    the question How do we continue to serve people
    at the same rate? We have to adapt. We will
    begin constructing denser, two-story housing
    rather than the sprawling one-story family homes
    we do now. Not only will it allow us more
    flexibility with land, but it also does something
    much more impactful in a city that desperately
    needs it It allows us to serve more deserving,
    low-income people like Nassif, who work their
    entire lives toward something which is out of
    their reach even though they are the very
    backbone of our community.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Our programs cannot single-handedly solve our
    citys affordability crisis, and it will not turn
    the housing market around or make income levels
    rise. We are only one organization. We will
    continue to change the lives of our families as
    we have been for 30 years, but we cannot do it
    alone. Austin Habitat needs community support.
    The city needs to listen to Mayor Adler. In order
    to drive prices back down, Austin needs to build
    more housingbut on a reasonable scale that
    doesnt include luxury high-rises. We need the
    American dream back before the wealth gap
    swallows us whole.

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Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Our programs cannot single-handedly solve our
    citys affordability crisis, and it will not turn
    the housing market around or make income levels
    rise. We are only one organization. We will
    continue to change the lives of our families as
    we have been for 30 years, but we cannot do it
    alone. Austin Habitat needs community support.
    The city needs to listen to Mayor Adler. In order
    to drive prices back down, Austin needs to build
    more housingbut on a reasonable scale that
    doesnt include luxury high-rises. We need the
    American dream back before the wealth gap
    swallows us whole.

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Contact Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity has a dynamic and
    outstanding staff committed to providing the best
    possible experience for our clients, homeowners,
    volunteers and donors. We look forward to hearing
    from you.
  • GENERAL Information 512-472-8788 x 100
  • Fax 512-476-1304
  • Construction volunteer hotline 512-448-5287
  • Restore 512-478-2165
  • Sponsorship Opportunities 512-472-8788 X124
  • Website http//www.kencorby.ceo/
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