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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 […]

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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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Online Voter Registration: Thursday’s Show (May 7, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas House Elections Committee recently considered bills to make Texas the 21st state to allow citizens to register to vote online. The committee left both bills pending after hearing criticism primarily from Harris County, including Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan, Ed Johnson from the County Clerk’s office, and Alan Vera, who chairs the Ballot Security […]

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Is Housing Segregation Happening in Houston?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

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Racial Quotas in Housing and “Deli Man” Ziggy Gruber: Thursday’s show (February 26, 2015)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

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Houston’s Homeless

Posted on · Last month, the Coalition for the Homeless released its most recent figures in a “boots on the ground” homeless count. The Coalition is made up of a number of organizations, and they traveled around Houston making their best effort to identify as many homeless people as they could. The results would seem to suggest the […]