The Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC) is a local non-profit working on affordable housing projects and community initiatives. Our mission is to create affordable living opportunities through community-engaged design. In this presentation we will discuss some of the organizations past work (analysis on the relationship between neighborhood form and affordable housing to address physical, social, and environmental health), current projects (Montopolis Right to Remain Strategic Plan and the Alley Flat Initiative), and developing initiatives (Williamson Creek, the Alley Flat Initiative Anti-Displacement Program).
Marla Torrado, Ph.D.
Marla is the Program Coordinator of the Austin Community Design and Development Center. She leads the Alley Flat Initiative and its new extension, the Anti-Displacement Program, which offers low-income homeowners an opportunity to stay in place by building an income-restricted Alley Flat (Accessory Dwelling Unit) on their property. She completed her Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas-Austin, which focused on participatory planning and community organizing. She also worked in the development of the Corridor Housing Preservation Tool, publicly available through the Envision Tomorrow website.