The City of Austin is proposing to provide more aid to renters displaced by structural problems at their aging apartment complexes, but has not decided how to pay for it. One option is a tax that would create an emergency fund, Carl Smart, director of the code compliance department, told council members in a report this week.
Smart said another option for funding the Emergency Tenant Response Plan would be charging apartment owners a fee to help pay for services to renters, like temporary housing and appointing city staff to help them with basic needs.
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