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Poor families that spend too much on rent or live in terrible conditions have what's known as "worst-case housing needs."

 

A new U.S. Housing and Urban Development report shows the numbers of those types of renters surging across the country. Sandy Rollins of the Texas Tenants’ Union explains what that means for North Texas.

Trump Taps Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne As Regional HUD Administrator

May 8, 2017

Beth Van Duyne is leaving the Irving mayor's office to become a U.S. Housing and Urban Development regional administrator overseeing Texas and its four surrounding states.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote.

Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination — mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR's Arnie Seipel reports.

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who received blowback from liberals for voting for Carson in committee, voted against his nomination today," Arnie says.

Outgoing Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro's office overlooks a stretch of the Washington, D.C., waterfront where several high-rent apartment buildings are being built, in a city where affordable housing is in short supply and homelessness is a big problem.

These are some of the same issues his successor will have to deal with as head of an agency that provides housing aid to 10 million low-income families.

HUD Gives Dallas Deadline To Prove Millions Were Properly Spent

Nov 10, 2016
Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

Federal officials are giving Dallas City Hall until the end of the month to produce documents proving the city properly spent $29.9 million on 54 affordable housing projects, according to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development letter obtained by The Texas Tribune.

HUD Wants Documentation On How Dallas Handled Federal Housing Funds

Oct 31, 2016
Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

A U.S. housing official wants to know more about how Dallas City Hall chose and oversaw scores of federally subsidized developments after an internal audit found the city lacks enough documentation to ensure the projects were properly monitored and their construction costs were reasonable.

High-Income Texans Find Homes In Public Housing

Sep 30, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

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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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.

Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro For HUD Secretary

May 23, 2014
Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

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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.

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The city of Dallas is asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to withdraw or change its findings that the city violated policies for financing low and affordable income housing.

The city’s written denial of wrongdoing came Friday morning in a lengthy response to HUD’s claims. 

Dallas maintains HUD used outdated, incomplete and incorrect information in concluding the city erred in how it funded and approved low-income developments.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

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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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.