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How Houston Lost Track of Millions in Housing Funds

(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. Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of Information requests regarding a fund […]

(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. Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain.

The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of Information requests regarding a fund for affordable housing projects the city amasses from its Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, or TIRZes.

Tom McCasland, director of the city’s Housing and Community Development Department, also talks with us about how city employees in his department over the last decade lost track of the funds (McCasland has been in the position since last July) and what he’s doing to prevent this from happening in the future.

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