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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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Lessons Learned from the Now-Demolished Crestmont Village Apartments

Posted on · The Crestmont Village Apartments in Houston’s South Acres neighborhood were recently demolished. A judge shut down the complex in late 2015 after residents complained of several ailments, including leaky roofs, rodents, raw sewage coming up from the ground, and other unsafe living conditions. Mayor Sylvester Turner was at the demolition to, as he said, “put […]

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Top Workplaces in Houston, and Shutting Down Notorious Apartments: Tuesday’s Show (May 23, 2017)

Posted on · Every year, the Houston Chronicle puts together a list of the best workplaces in Houston, based on employee surveys distributed through a third-party company. The 2017 results won’t come until the fall, but, until then, what does make for a good workplace according to Houstonians? Is it the hours, the work space, the benefits, the […]

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Preserving History in the First Ward One Home at a Time

Posted on · (Above: A restored Queen Anne-style home built around 1910 in Houston’s First Ward. Photo Courtesy: FW Heritage) We all know the adage about Houston: that we’re not the best at preserving buildings with history and character and that we’d rather just bulldoze them for a brand new strip mall or mid-rise apartment complex. Well, a […]

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Houston Area Urban League: Solving the Housing Crisis Starts with Solving the Income Crisis

Posted on · The city of Houston is in a housing crisis, according to Tom McCasland, director of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD). He explains why. And then we hear from one of the many nonprofits the city partners with to address this issue — the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL). Next year, the organization turns […]

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What Are the Trends in Houston Real Estate for Spring 2017?

Posted on · What are the biggest trends in Houston’s real estate market? Have things slowed down? Where’s demand highest? We take a look at what Houston’s real estate market for renters, buyers, and sellers looks like as we head into Spring with Paul Takahashi of the Houston Business Journal. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Houston’s Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday’s Show (February 13, 2017)

Posted on · Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House […]

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Where is the Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us?

Posted on · At the beginning of this month, Houston Business Journal reporter Paul Takahashi wrote that Houston has the fifth-largest number of affluent renters nationally. And while that might seem high, it’s actually just 4.4 percent of all renters in Houston. More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers are in the middle- to lower-income market, making […]

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HIV Prevention Drug, and Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us: Tuesday’s Show (November, 29 2016)

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his research […]

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Developing Supportive Housing for At-Risk Families

Posted on · New Hope Housing, a group that provides permanent, affordable and supportive single-room occupancy housing, recently broke ground on its first development designed to serve homeless and at-risk families. The development, named New Hope Housing at Reed (“NHH at Reed”), will include 187 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units and offer supportive housing to homeless and […]