Low-Income Housing Report Criticizes Houston’s New Floodplain Regulations

Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey. Houston’s revised floodplain ordinance took effect this past weekend. A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says it adversely affects low-income communities. Under the new regulations, new buildings in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. They also affect current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey. J.T. Harechmak, who authored the Texas Housers report, said poor residents can’t afford to raise their homes and there are other things the city should have done. “We would like to see them… Read More

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Low-Income Housing Report Criticizes Houston’s New Floodplain Regulations

Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey. Houston’s revised floodplain ordinance took effect this past weekend. A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says it adversely affects low-income communities. Under the new regulations, new buildings in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. They also affect current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey. J.T. Harechmak, who authored the Texas Housers report, said poor residents can’t afford to raise their homes and there are other things the city should have done. “We would like to see them… Read More

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Low-Income Housing Report Criticizes Houston’s New Floodplain Regulations

Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey. Houston’s revised floodplain ordinance took effect this past weekend. A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says it adversely affects low-income communities. Under the new regulations, new buildings in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. They also affect current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey. J.T. Harechmak, who authored the Texas Housers report, said poor residents can’t afford to raise their homes and there are other things the city should have done. “We would like to see them… Read More

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Low-Income Housing Report Criticizes Houston’s New Floodplain Regulations

Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey. Houston’s revised floodplain ordinance took effect this past weekend. A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says it adversely affects low-income communities. Under the new regulations, new buildings in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. They also affect current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey. J.T. Harechmak, who authored the Texas Housers report, said poor residents can’t afford to raise their homes and there are other things the city should have done. “We would like to see them… Read More

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Low-Income Housing Report Criticizes Houston’s New Floodplain Regulations

Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey. Houston’s revised floodplain ordinance took effect this past weekend. A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says it adversely affects low-income communities. Under the new regulations, new buildings in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. They also affect current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey. J.T. Harechmak, who authored the Texas Housers report, said poor residents can’t afford to raise their homes and there are other things the city should have done. “We would like to see them… Read More

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Affordable, Safe Housing is the Key Issue in Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath

The 2018 hurricane season is here, and Texans know just how bad things can get. Last year, Hurricane Harvey brought devastating flooding to housing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, some things have improved for lower- and middle-income residents in the flooded areas. But other things remain unchanged. If another catastrophic storm strikes this year, it could be devastating. Houston city officials must take more steps now to ensure that the city’s lower- and middle-income residents receive faster short-term financial and housing assistance after a major storm. Failing to act will almost guarantee that a hurricane strike this season will exacerbate Harvey’s lingering problems. Housing in Houston is affordable… Read More

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Affordable, Safe Housing is the Key Issue in Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath

The 2018 hurricane season is here, and Texans know just how bad things can get. Last year, Hurricane Harvey brought devastating flooding to housing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, some things have improved for lower- and middle-income residents in the flooded areas. But other things remain unchanged. If another catastrophic storm strikes this year, it could be devastating. Houston city officials must take more steps now to ensure that the city’s lower- and middle-income residents receive faster short-term financial and housing assistance after a major storm. Failing to act will almost guarantee that a hurricane strike this season will exacerbate Harvey’s lingering problems. Housing in Houston is affordable… Read More

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Affordable, Safe Housing is the Key Issue in Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath

The 2018 hurricane season is here, and Texans know just how bad things can get. Last year, Hurricane Harvey brought devastating flooding to housing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, some things have improved for lower- and middle-income residents in the flooded areas. But other things remain unchanged. If another catastrophic storm strikes this year, it could be devastating. Houston city officials must take more steps now to ensure that the city’s lower- and middle-income residents receive faster short-term financial and housing assistance after a major storm. Failing to act will almost guarantee that a hurricane strike this season will exacerbate Harvey’s lingering problems. Housing in Houston is affordable… Read More

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Commercial real estate firm expands into Texas with Houston office

Michigan-based Friedman Real Estate has opened its first office in Texas. The Houston office opened the first week of July and is overseen by Mark Zeidman, vice president of brokerage services. Zeidman joined Friedman in May after serving as chief lending officer and director of acquisitions for PrivCap Cos., according to a press release. Friedman’s Houston office at 333 Cypress Run, near Barker Cypress Road and Interstate 10. The office is around 1,200 square feet and started out with a four-person staff: three brokers and a property manager, Zeidman told the Houston Business Journal. He expects the number of brokers to expand to six within the first year. The firm… Read More

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Houston

The Bayou Land Conservancy will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Star Cinema Grill in Vintage Park on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, Calif., which is now in its 16th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic showcase frontline activism and stunning cinematography,” said On Tour Manager Johan Ehde. “Our changing Earth is at the forefront of conversations nationally and globally. Now, more than ever, it… Read More

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