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Urban Community

Medical experts say poverty may make Detroit the next COVID-19 hotspot
By April Bamburg

Detroit is a strong candidate to be the next COVID-19 hotspot, say leading medical experts, as poverty and chronic disease leave city residents more vulnerable to the disease.

Urban Community

L.A., Chicago, Detroit preparing to be the next COVID-19 hotspots as death toll mounts
By April Bamburg

Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit are preparing for a wave of coronavirus infections by setting up field hospitals to compensate for likely hospital bed shortages.

Restorative Justice

Harris County, Public Interest Legal Foundation reach agreement, end lawsuit
By April Bamburg

A lawsuit against Harris County is over after the county and the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indianapolis-based organization, reached a settlement. The federal district court in Houston entered the settlement agreement March 17, 2020.

Economic Mobility

New study examines Millennial migration
By April Bamburg

A new study reveals that Millennials are moving to the Heartland in greater numbers.

Housing & Development

Many housing markets see increased affordability after drop in mortgage rates due to COVID-19
By April Bamburg

Housing may now be more affordable, thanks to the recent drop in mortgage rates spurred on by fears and uncertainty brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a real estate market analysis by Redfin.

Housing & Development

Officials take action to lessen eviction and foreclosure worries
By April Bamburg

Across the country, the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has many people worried about the health of their family members and others about whether or not they’ll have housing in the coming weeks and months.

Housing & Development

Dolcefino questions Houston Housing Authority's dealings regarding new low-income housing in the East End
By April Bamburg

Wayne Dolcefino is still questioning the actions of the Houston Housing Authority, particularly in relation to a real estate deal that would see HHA spend $12.9 million on six acres of land that no one can live on.

Urban Community

Houston Controller urges city officials to achieve a balanced budget after fiscal stress test
By April Bamburg

A "stress test" of Houston’s finances revealed that the city would not handle a recession well, should it come to be.

Housing & Development

Why would Houston Housing Authority purchase contaminated property for new affordable housing?
By April Bamburg

The Houston Housing Authority’s decision to buy property known to be contaminated by ash from Houston’s former Velasco Incinerator site as part of a 28-acre public housing development is catching people’s attention. The ash contains lead, and seeps into Buffalo Bayou.

Housing & Development

Building more homes leads to lower housing prices, study reveals
By April Bamburg

Increasing the amount of housing available in a community leads to more affordable housing, according to a study of U.S. census data published by Catalyst.

Urban Community

Harris County judge proposes county-funded legal services for immigrants
By April Bamburg

Immigrants will have access to a county-funded legal services program, which was proposed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo at the Feb. 25 commissioners court meeting.