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How Will Harvey Impact Houston’s Housing Market?

Posted on · Houston took a big blow in home sales in the month of August, primarily because Harvey hit late in the month when closings are typically scheduled. Plus many home and apartment renters were displaced due to the flooding that followed. What will this mean for the apartment and housing market?

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Full Show: Harvey’s Impact On The Housing Market, And Saigon Stories (Sept. 18, 2017)

Posted on · On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: What will the destruction of so many homes during Harvey mean for the apartment and housing market? And former Houston news anchor Lily Jang returns to her native Vietnam for a special called Saigon Stories.

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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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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

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. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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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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Top Workplaces in Houston, and Shutting Down Notorious Apartments: Tuesday’s Show (May 23, 2017)

Posted on · Every year, the Houston Chronicle puts together a list of the best workplaces in Houston, based on employee surveys distributed through a third-party company. The 2017 results won’t come until the fall, but, until then, what does make for a good workplace according to Houstonians? Is it the hours, the work space, the benefits, the […]

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Houston Area Urban League: Solving the Housing Crisis Starts with Solving the Income Crisis

Posted on · The city of Houston is in a housing crisis, according to Tom McCasland, director of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD). He explains why. And then we hear from one of the many nonprofits the city partners with to address this issue – the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL). Next year, the organization turns […]

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New Design Ideas for Houston, and Houston’s First All-Star: Thursday’s Show (March 30, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtownHouston. Image Courtesy: ByDesign/Gensler) If the future of Houston design was left up to the next generation of architects and designers, what would our city look like? It’s a concept Houston design firm Gensler is exploring […]

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Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds of Ike-Damaged Roofs In Houston For Years

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. There are many factors causing delays on repairing these roofs. It’s a complicated issue. And some of […]

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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 […]