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How Houston Lost Track of Millions in Housing Funds

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. 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 […]

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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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Examining the Future of Affordable Housing in Greater Houston

Posted on · The Houston Housing Authority is a city agency tasked with developing affordable housing in the city through a federal low-rent public housing program and a housing voucher program. HHA has proposed eight projects in the last three years. Five of them have been blocked, and while the agency has redeveloped existing properties, purchased land and […]