This is not good news.
From an email sent by the Community Action Network:
Travis County Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs has released its 2009 Community Impact Report on Community Conditions. The report provides a general overview of how our community is doing with regard to basic needs, housing, workforce development, education, behavioral health and other areas in which Travis County invests funds for services.
A few highlights…
• Since the beginning of 2009, Austin Energy has received 75% more requests for utility assistance than for all of 2008.
• In November 2009, 107,288 Travis County residents received food stamps, up 68% from January 2008.
• Foreclosure postings in Travis County rose 110% from 3,482 postings in 2007 to 7,309 postings in 2009.
• There was a 28% increase in visits to local emergency rooms by individuals presenting primarily with mental health issues between 2006 and 2008.
• Between 2003 and 2008, the Austin MLS median home price rose by 22% and the average home price rose by 24%, but median family income increased only by 3%.