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Another Front in the Texas War to Preserve Segregated Housing

A new bill to change the application for housing tax credits would make it virtually impossible to build new low-income housing anywhere in the Lone Star State.<p>Texas Representative Valoree Swanson is enjoying a banner first month in office. Since the start of the state’s legislative session in …

Housing

West Dallas tenants deliver housing plan to their landlord in surprise visit | West Dallas

Pearline Brown did the math on poverty: Her mother brings in about $800 in Social Security monthly. She leases a house for about $500 a month from …

Sweeping federal investigation finds City of Houston’s housing segregation violates Civil Rights Act

Posted on January 18, 2017January 18, 2017<p>Local issues<p>Racial housing segregation in Houston is no accident. It is not voluntary on the part of …

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What's at Stake in Trump's Pick to Lead HUD

The President-elect’s next steps on federal housing policy will have a profound effect on rural America and the inner city alike.<p>Rumors about the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are not burning down the house. The names for the person President-elect Donald …

Trump’s Inconvenient Racial Truth

With the race for the presidency entering its last days, Donald J. Trump last Wednesday once again made his pitch to black America: a new deal aimed just at them. “I will be your greatest champion,” Trump said at a campaign rally in the battleground state of North Carolina. “I will never ever take …

Racism

Dallas Landlord Closing Hundreds of Rental Homes in City Already Struggling With Homelessness

Dallas City Hall is scrambling to keep hundreds of families from becoming homeless as a real estate management company threatens an abrupt, mass …

Poverty

The Brief: Eviction Threat Targets Dallas' Poorest Neighborhoods

The Big ConversationHundreds of Dallas families in the city's poorest neighborhoods may become homeless following a threat from a real estate company …

Texas

When the Next Hurricane Hits Texas

<i>Imagine a hurricane, a hurricane like Matthew, aimed straight at the heart of the American petrochemical industry.</i><p>Isaiah whirls through the sky, gathering strength from the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters. Beach towns are evacuated. Citizens and companies in Texas’ petro-industrial enclaves from Bayou …

Climate

No Going Back to Segregation After Landmark Texas Fair Housing Case

Posted by John Henneberger on September 26, 2016<p>As a Texas houser and fair housing advocate, I have been an anxious and interested outside observer …

Smithsonian design museum opens exhibit featuring innovative Texas disaster recovery program

The title of the new exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City sums up the goal of the RAPIDO disaster recovery …

Disaster Recovery

In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

If you watch a watermelon harvest you may never think about the pink summery fruit again the same way.<p>Two pickers walk the rows. They bend over and grab the 20-pound gourds and pitch them to a man perched on the side of a dump truck, who heaves them up to another catcher in the truck bed. The …

Fair housing case produces lasting changes for Texas and nation

This piece originally ran on Shelterforce Magazine’s Rooflines blog. The Inclusive Communities project has now filed a motion and brief for retrial …

Housing

Video: Visualizing Houston’s housing segregation

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a fair housing investigation after the City of Houston …

Housing

La Joya Housing Authority director appears before federal judge

McALLEN — La Joya Housing Authority director Juan Jose “J.J.” Garza went before a federal judge Monday morning and was formally charged following his …

Crime

Report Shows Colonia Residents at Risk Due to Inadequate Drainage

Lawsuit against FEMA claims ‘secret rules’ keep residents from getting assistance

MISSION — Daniel Barbosa woke up to hail May 31. Then, his locked front door flew open. A piece of the living room wall was ripped off and fell on …

Law

Head of La Joya Housing Authority arrested

Juan Jose "J.J." Garza, executive director of La Joya Housing Authority, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday morning.<p>He is set for an initial …

Crime

Opening the Door

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The Most Economically Segregated School District Boundaries in the Country

Leah Binkovitz | @leahbink | August 30, 2016<p>Image via Flickr user spDuchamp.<p>There is growing evidence that the country’s worsening income segregation …

After a Supreme Court Setback, Texas Ultimately Wins Fair Housing Lawsuit

More than a year ago, civil rights and fair housing activists cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit over housing segregation in Texas …

Housing

Environmental Justice: One Texas Man’s Refinery Fight

One day earlier this summer, as the temperature climbed into the mid-90s and the humidity rose to match it, Bryan Parras decided to go for a run.<p>A …

Environmental Racism Is Poisoning Houston

HOUSTON—The smell in the Manchester neighborhood of Houston is like hot Cuban coffee—nutty, bitter and sweet. This isn’t coffee, though. This is the …

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