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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 […]

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Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday’s Show (August 24, 2016)

Posted on · There’s a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement (such as the use of deadly force) and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody (such as in jail or in prison). The database, called the Texas Justice Initiative, says that […]

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Why Did Mayor Turner Halt the Fountain View Housing Project?

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner turned down a plan from the Houston Housing Authority that would have built a mixed-income complex near the Galleria area, saying he’s not going to present that plan to Houston City Council. The Mayor’s main objection to the project is the price tag. While the city wouldn’t need to provide […]

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Fountain View, Back to School and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (August 15, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner turned down a plan from the Houston Housing Authority that would have built a mixed-income complex near the Galleria area, saying he’s not going to present that plan to Houston City Council. The Mayor’s main objection to the project is the price tag. While the city wouldn’t need to provide […]

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Latest Flooding Was Especially Hard on Houston’s Most Vulnerable

Posted on · Houston’s latest flooding was especially hard on areas like Greenspoint, where the majority of the households affected were low-income. We discuss the impact of the flooding on Houston’s most vulnerable — and what’s being done to help them — with Lance Gilliam, chair of the Houston Housing Authority.

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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 subsidy so […]

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Bond Rating Downgrade and Kinky Friedman: Tuesday’s Show (March 22, 2016)

Posted on · Moody’s Investors Service last week (March 16, 2016) downgraded the city of Houston’s bond rating, citing low oil prices, falling sales tax revenues, unfunded pension obligations, and property tax caps among the reasons. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how the city’s rating drop from Aa2 to Aa3 may affect some $3 billion […]