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Each week, The Austin Common Radio Hour helps Austinites be informed and make a difference... right in their own local community :)

The Austin Common Radio Hour The Austin Common Radio Hour

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    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

Each week, The Austin Common Radio Hour helps Austinites be informed and make a difference... right in their own local community :)

    Nowhere To Go: Homelessness In Austin

    Nowhere To Go: Homelessness In Austin

    Our podcast mini-series on homelessness continues with a focus on emergency shelter, which is meant to provide people with a safe place to sleep (temporarily), while they work to get connected to more permanent housing. But in Austin, we don't have enough emergency shelter beds, which can mean long wait lists, just to find a place to sleep that isn't outside.

    How do our shelters deal with this? And how does emergency shelter in Austin work anyway? To help answer these questions, host Amy Stansbury spoke with Max Moscoe and David Gomez of The Other Ones Foundation (which runs Esperanza Community) and Kirkpatrick Tyler of Urban Alchemy (which runs the ARCH).

    • 56 min
    Homelessness In Austin: Who Gets Access To Housing Services?

    Homelessness In Austin: Who Gets Access To Housing Services?

    This episode of the The Austin Common Radio Hour kicks off a mini-series on homelessness in Austin. In this first episode, we focus on some of the first steps a person experiencing homelessness might take on their path toward receiving services and eventually gaining access to housing.... visiting the Sunrise Hub (a homelessness services day center in south Austin) and taking a Coordinated Assessment (which is both a wait list and a prioritization tool for determining who gets access to subsidized or supportive housing services).

    But what happens when that wait list is really long? To help answer that question, we spoke with Mark Hilbelink (executive director of the Sunrise Navigation Center) and Alesandra Dominguez (director of crisis response at ECHO).

    • 37 min
    The HOME Initiative: What It Is & Why It Matters

    The HOME Initiative: What It Is & Why It Matters

    On December 7th, Austin City Council will vote on the HOME Initiative, a proposal to allow up to three housing units to be built on single-family lots. The idea is to increase the city's supply of "missing middle" housing, but like so many debates related to housing and land use, the issue is complicated.

    In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury interviews several people with an array of perspectives on the issue - Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool, Carmen Llanes (Executive Director of Go Austin/Vamos Austin and a former Austin Planning Commissioner), and Jake Wegmann (who sits on the faculty of the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin).

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Explaining Your Ballot: State Propositions

    Explaining Your Ballot: State Propositions

    The are 14 proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. In this episode we take a deep into several of them, including Prop 4 (property taxes), Prop 6 (water), Prop 8 (broadband internet).

    Our guests include state Rep. Vikki Goodwin, Jennifer Walker (National Wildlife Federation), and Kelty Garbee (Texas Rural Funders).

    • 55 min
    $1 Billion For State Parks? Explaining Prop 14

    $1 Billion For State Parks? Explaining Prop 14

    The are 14 proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. One of them, Prop 14, would create a $1 billion centennial parks conservation fund to grow our state parks system.

    To tell us all about it, host Amy Stansbury sat down with Luke Metzger (Executive Director of Environment Texas).

    • 33 min
    Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Props A & B

    Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Props A & B

    If you live in Travis County, you have two very important propositions on your ballot this year - Prop A (which is all about roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks) and Prop (which is about parks).

    To help you understand exactly what you'll be voting on, host Amy Stansbury interviewed Jennifer Bristol, who served on the Travis County Citizens Bond Advisory Committee.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

IK Outdoorsy Girl ,

Wonderful, Austin-specific podcast

Amy and team do an amazing job digging into local issues, so that we can all be better informed about the things happening around us and how to get involved! Thank you!

GodsendCranberry ,

Informative and Concise

A great way to keep up to date with what is going on around Austin while diving deeper than surface level! Highly highly recommend!

kyrajoh ,

Wish Interviewer Wouldn’t Lead Interviewees to Answers/Defend Their Answers to the Audience

I really appreciate Austin Commons and the amazing work they do engaging the community in local politics.

The first episode I actually listened to is the most recent one about the HOMES Initiative, and I was disappointed in the questions asked and the interviewer stepping in to answer some of their own questions they presented, as well as not bringing up huge counterpoints to HOMES that are concerns in the community (the biggest one being gentrification). In fact, one of the perfect moments to segue into this would’ve be when Leslie spoke on becoming a landlord herself, and how this initiative would make it easier for her to receive passive income.

I would’ve wanted to hear Leslie Pool’s response to these concerns, as they’re incredibly relevant. Instead, that interview seemed to really be steered by the person being interviewed.

In short, I appreciate the education and focus on details, but there’s much to be desired journalistically in this podcast.

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