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Where Should Houston Put More Affordable Housing?

Some call it transformation. Others call it revitalization. Some see it as gentrification. Whatever you call it, from Montrose to The Heights to EaDO to now some of Houston’s wards, there’s been dramatic change in many Houston neighborhoods in recent years. And with that change has come the displacement of some longtime residents who can […]

Some call it transformation. Others call it revitalization. Some see it as gentrification.

Whatever you call it, from Montrose to The Heights to EaDO to now some of Houston's wards, there’s been dramatic change in many Houston neighborhoods in recent years. And with that change has come the displacement of some longtime residents who can no longer afford to live there. As income rises in a neighborhood, so does opposition to the development of any new low-income housing.

Take Houston's northwest side. Recently, Metro floated an idea to sell a closed park-and-ride location to the Houston Housing Authority to build a low-rent apartment complex. Nearby residents vehemently opposed the plan. The Metro board ultimately sold the site to Harris County for a multi-service center.

Do we need more affordable housing in the city of Houston? If so, where? And how do we accomplish it We ask Tory Gunsolley, President and CEO of the Houston Housing Authority, and Patrick Walsh, Director of the City of Houston's Planning and Development Department.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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