Sandra Edwards wears a "Creosote Killed Me" shirt, which were made in response to the creosote contamination allegedly caused by the Union Pacific Railyard. Taken on Jan. 27, 2021.

Development

Fifth Ward residents want more transparency from Houston officials on development in contaminated areas

Posted on · The City of Houston approved a $5 million voluntary relocation program to help residents who've been fighting for years to get the area cleaned up. They live near a Union Pacific Rail Yard that is contaminated with creosote, but residents have been reluctant to move because of confusion about the city’s relocation plan. 

Railroad Tracks located near Kashmere Gardens. Taken on December 12, 2019.

Housing

City of Houston offers relocation for homeowners, renters in Fifth Ward cancer cluster areas

Posted on · Community members that want to move and those that don’t, share some of the same concerns or hesitations. Many are worried about the sentimental value of their homes, paying higher taxes, the lack of affordable housing options for one's budget, and settling into a new neighborhood. 

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