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There aren’t enough homes in Texas, and lawmakers want to do something about it

A number of bills in Austin are designed to address housing supply and affordability. Will they work?


Bills in the Texas Legislature are aimed at increasing availability of homes in the state.


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The rising cost of housing is nothing new in Texas. Housing in the state continues to be in high demand. And, according to housing advocates, builders, and real estate experts, homes across Texas just aren't being built fast enough to keep up with demand.

According to the housing equity firm Up For Growth's latest housing underproduction report, Texas needed nearly 330,000 more homes built in 2019 alone to keep up with demand that year.

Some bills in Austin are designed to address home construction and housing affordability. In the above audio, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Joshua Fechter, who reports on urban affairs for the Texas Tribune and along with Lucy Tomkins reported on this last weekend for the Tribune.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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