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Making Sense Of The Texas Housing Boom

Nov 4, 2015
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Housing prices in Texas’s four major cities — Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston — are at record highs. John Nova Lomax, "Texas Monthly"’s senior editor, wonders whether Texas is the best market in the country these days or if it’s severely overvalued. 

High-Income Texans Find Homes In Public Housing

Sep 30, 2015
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Deep in the heart of rural, southeast Texas, a family living in public housing meant for low-income families has a total household income of $285,971 a year.

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Thanks to corporate relocations, more people are moving into North Texas, and that’s just one of the reasons housing is getting more expensive; prices are up 10 to 30 percent in some areas. Candace Carlisle covers real estate for the Dallas Business Journal and she takes a look at the market.

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In a case with Dallas ties, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key enforcement tool used by the Obama administration and civil rights groups to fight housing bias.

Supreme Court: Texas Reinforced Segregated Housing

Jun 25, 2015
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The biggest federal housing subsidy program in Texas — which awarded $9.7 billion in tax credits from 1990 to 2011 — effectively has been reinforcing segregated housing, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday.

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Instead of having to go to the doctors for a checkup, how about getting a physical every day, without having to do anything at all? Starting this fall, a senior citizen will move in to a live-in laboratory in Fort Worth.

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The city of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have settled a complaint that involved the city’s use of incentives for locating low-income housing.

Dallas city officials say they have resolved a federal fair housing discrimination case.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: rent eats up more income in Dallas, President Obama taps Sarah Saldaña to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more Texans are choosing urgent care centers over hospitals, and more.

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Millenials have been slow to accumulate wealth, thanks to student loan debt and a sagging economy, so buying a home may be the last thing on their minds. Despite this, the National Association of Realtors has identified 10 cities where young adults might want to take a crack at home ownership, and Dallas made the list.  

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College dorms aren’t what they used to be. SMU just unveiled its new Residential Commons that opens this fall for students. The price tag: $146 million. There are hardwood floors, huge projection screens in the dining hall, and meditation rooms. In the middle of it all: apartments for professors.

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A minimum-wage worker can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment in Texas – or anywhere else in the country.

That’s the conclusion of an annual study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Out of Reach 2014 analyzed wages and rental costs across the country.

In Texas, a minimum-wage worker would have to work 93 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom rental. The minimum wage is $7.25 in Texas – or $15,080 a year for a 40-hour workweek.

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In recent weeks, we’ve reported on a federal housing investigation regarding where Dallas locates low-income housing. 

Some federal officials and community advocates claim Dallas discourages subsidized housing in wealthier, white parts of the city. That results in almost all of the units ending up in low-income and minority neighborhoods, primarily in southern Dallas.

But critics say it doesn’t have to be that way. They point to Frisco, a place known for its country clubs and gated communities. In this upscale Collin County suburb, a low-income development is breaking stereotypes.

Where's The Affordable Housing In Dallas?

Dec 24, 2013
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An investigation by the federal government into Dallas’ affordable housing practices has found that the city violates civil rights laws. This hour, Krys Boyd examined what the allegations say about Dallas with Scott Griggs, vice chairman of the Dallas City Council housing committee, and Ken Smith, who leads the Revitalize South Dallas Coalition.

KERA's series One Crisis Away looks at four families on the financial edge. In the video below, meet Natalie Berquist and her 4-year-old son, Samuel. Natalie was laid off late last year, and even though she was only unemployed for about a month, she's still digging out of the financial hole.

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Unemployment is one of the most forbidding words in the English language. If you don’t have money socked away for emergencies, it doesn’t matter if you’re out of work for a year, losing a job can wreck your finances.

Meet Natalie Berquist. The Lewisville mother of two lost her job late last year. Even though she found another in less than a month, she faced homelessness and is still digging out of the financial hole.

Natalie’s story is the latest in our series One Crisis Away, a look at the one in three North Texans who have almost no financial cushion.

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In just a few weeks, Dallas housing officials must respond to a four-year federal Housing and Urban Development investigation that found that the city misused federal financing aimed at creating low-income housing throughout Dallas.

The HUD inquiry comes as critics claim that Dallas is fostering economic and racial segregation by returning to a practice of placing nearly all its low-income housing in the southern part of town, home to some of the city's poorest residents.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings responded Tuesday to federal housing officials who say the city is violating civil rights laws with its affordable housing practices. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges that the city has steered most of its housing for low-income residents to southern Dallas.

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The City of Dallas says it has placed eight employees in the Housing and Community Services department on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into misuse of federal housing money.  A ninth city employee was referred to the grand jury in January. 

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Texas is asking a federal panel weighing its photo ID requirement for voters to allow it to challenge the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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President Obama’s mortgage relief for military service members and homeowners with Federal Housing Administration loans could affect up to three million people. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that may impact just a fraction of those who need help.

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