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Opposition Brewing Over Proposed Low-Income Apartments Near The Galleria

Posted on · The Houston Housing Authority wants to build and apartment complex on the 2600 block of Fountain View Drive, a few blocks west of The Galleria. It would be located in the midst of high-end neighborhoods like Briargrove and Tanglewood. The complex would have 233 units, and most of the apartments would offer some sort of […]

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America’s Greatest Economic Challenge: Affordable Housing

Posted on · A Houston-based think tank argues the greatest economic challenge America faces today is a lack of affordable housing. The Center for Opportunity Urbanism examines this challenge in a recent report entitled America’s Housing Crisis. We learn more from Anne Snyder, a fellow at the center. We also talk with Morley Winograd, the co-author of the […]

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Affordable Housing and Retirement: Monday’s Show (March 7, 2016)

Posted on · A Houston-based think tank argues the greatest economic challenge America faces today is a lack of affordable housing. The Center for Opportunity Urbanism examines this challenge in a recent report entitled America’s Housing Crisis. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more from Anne Snyder, a fellow at the center. We also talk with […]

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Non-Profit Works to Create More Affordable Housing Options in Houston’s Near Northside

Posted on · Houston's Near Northside neighborhood is home to some new “affordable” housing projects, both apartments and homes, for low-income Houstonians to purchase with subsidies. But are the homes really all that affordable? We learn more about the projects from Mary Lawler, Executive Director of the Avenue Community Development Corporation. MORE: As Near Northside Booms, Group Pushes […]

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Why Affordable Housing Has Been so Contentious and Continues to Be in Galveston

Posted on · After public housing in Galveston was damaged during Hurricane Ike, the federal government offered $586 million in disaster aid to rebuild. But some folks there didn’t want the housing rebuilt, leading to a protracted legal battle. We’ll review that dispute, and discuss the state of public housing in Galveston with John Wayne Ferguson, Galveston City […]

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Where Should Houston Put More Affordable Housing?

Posted on · 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 […]

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Is the Houston Real Estate Market Slowing Down, Stopping or Just Pausing?

Posted on · As the Greater Houston regions continues to gauge just what kind of impact dropping oil prices will have on the economy, many in the real estate industry say the market here isn't slowing down or in a downturn. The term that's floating around is "pause." To discuss just what that means and how a so-called […]

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Project Row Houses: Solving Affordable Housing Issues with Art

Posted on · You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents. Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It […]