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University of Virginia to donate land for affordable housing
By Pat Morris

The University of Virginia (UVA) recently committed to supporting the development of 1,000 to 1,500 units of affordable housing, its president announced.

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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.

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Atlanta mulls affordable housing options
By Pat Morris

Which comes first, the buildings or the land? That is one question the Atlanta City Council is mulling as it decides how to allocate the $1 million for the Housing Opportunity Bond Fund that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for in a Feb. 17 executive order.

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North Texas suburb developing tiny home neighborhood to alleviate affordable housing issues
By Joe Chen

Lake Dallas, a suburb in North Texas, is developing the nation's first tiny home neighborhood in response to growing affordable housing issues.

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Large majority of Texans want policymakers to address affordable housing issues, new poll finds
By Joe Chen

A recent Texas Lyceum poll that surveyed 1,200 Texans found that nearly half of them perceived housing as unaffordable, with approximately 70% wishing the state and cities would do more to make housing affordable.

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Home sweet tiny home for some in San Jose
By Pat Morris

Up to 40 of San Jose’s estimated 6,100 homeless people will have a clean, private, safe place to stay for up to two months while they transition into permanent housing.

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Sarasota: We can regulate our own vacation rentals
By Pat Morris

Sarasota is the latest in a spate of Florida cities that wants the state to get out of the short-term rental regulating business.

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St. Petersburg considering 'linkage' fee to fund affordable housing
By Pat Morris

St. Petersburg might soon join the list of large and small cities that link approval of new construction, especially of expensive or luxury residences, to mitigate the impact those buildings have on existing residents of more modest means.

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Houston Housing Authority outlines housing crisis, offers solutions
By Rich Peters

Access to affordable housing has become a nationwide issue as well as a key talking point for Democrats pushing for the 2020 election to reform policies at the federal level. The city of Houston has been largely impacted by what some are calling an epidemic.

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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.

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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.

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Report: 25 percent of renters across the nation spend more than half their income on rent in 2018
By Vimbai Chikomo

One in four tenants spent more than half of their income on rent in 2018, according to a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. This works out to be 10.9 million renters, with 6 million considered cost-burdened in 2018 than they were in 2001.

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Candidates Talk Flood Control
By Urban Reform Staff

On Monday, both Bill King and Tony Buzbee released their versions of a flood control plan while Mayor Sylvester Turner released his plan to encourage the spread of “green” stormwater development to mitigate flooding. King held a press conference Monday morning where he laid out his 7-point plan to reduce flooding in the city.

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King Rolls Out Flood Control Plan
By Urban Reform Staff

Just ahead of Election Day, mayoral candidate Bill King held a press conference in Kingwood rolling out his plan to address chronic flooding in the area. He focused on the need to dredge the mouthbar – a sandbar at the mouth of the San Jacinto River – and the city’s failure to do so, so far.