Our neighborhoods should be inclusive and friendly, welcome new residents, encourage participation by the full diversity of neighborhood stakeholders, and offer a diverse, abundant, and affordable choice of housing options.
The community needs a neighborhoods-based voice that is inclusive, innovative, and supportive of neighborhood improvement rather than the unsustainable status quo.
A diverse array of housing options not currently available are compatible with existing neighborhoods, can help make our city affordable, and can contribute to the vitality of our neighborhoods.
Austin neighborhoods must continually evolve with the changing needs of the City, and we recognize such natural change presents opportunities to improve our neighborhoods. Accordingly, we support the kinds of changes that will enhance the affordability, inclusivity, connectivity, mobility, and quality of life in our neighborhoods.
We’re the voice of inclusive neighborhoods in Austin, welcoming abundant and diverse housing and residents of all socio-economic backgrounds. Recognizing that we all live in neighborhoods, we strive to provide broader and more effective neighborhood representation for the people of Austin.
We welcome everyone as members. Your neighborhood association can become a member. If your neighborhood association is not a member, or you don’t feel your neighborhood association represents your values, you can become an at large member. We can even help you create a new neighborhood association in your neighborhood. All we ask is that you enthusiastically support the FAN vision.
Members of FAN work with each other to share ideas and best practices for improving neighborhoods, keep themselves informed about city policies, take positions to influence policies that affect our neighborhoods, and organize social events that all members can enjoy.
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Hello Friends, the results are in and if you hadn’t checked the Votes page, the newest Board of Directors has been decided upon after the conclusion of our Annual Meeting. Election Results: You can check all of the stats on the Votes tab, but the summary here lays out our newest Board makeup: President[…]
This year’s Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) annual meeting is coming up. During the annual meeting, the membership will elect board members. WHAT: FAN Annual Meeting WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Monday, July 11, 2016 WHERE: In the FAN forum and using secure online ballots The meeting will also include an in-person component on[…]
In April 2016, the membership of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) voted to urge city officials to allow for greater housing type diversity throughout the city. Our housing type diversity resolution and letter was as follows: FAN stands for an inclusive Austin that welcomes people of all socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the city. When our policies[…]
In January 2016, the membership of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) voted to oppose onerous new regulations that would jeopardize the choices and benefits ride sharing (e.g. Uber and Lyft) provided after the Austin City Council originally legalized and regulated it in 2014. Our ride sharing resolution and letter was as follows: Ride sharing companies,[…]
The following blog entry is by Roger L. Cauvin, the current president of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) and a director on the board of the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA). One of the Ten Commandments is: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. But many of us are[…]