A Little Louder is a podcast by Texas Housers, hosted by John Henneberger and Christina Rosales. We talk about fair housing, community development and community efforts to work toward just cities and inclusive neighborhoods.
Episode 33: Relief for renters during a pandemic
In late December, Congress passed a long-overdue stimulus package that provides $25 billion in rental assistance and extends the CDC ban on evictions through Jan. 31, among other provisions. While the critical relief will pull millions of people out of economic despair, a housing crisis is looming if state and local officials do not prepare for an onslaught of evictions this winter. John and Christina bring in Texas Housers policy analyst Eli Barrish to talk about what the federal rental relief will mean for Texans, the state of eviction protections and rental relief, and how Texas Housers is working to keep Texans safe and housed.
Episode 32: Searching For A Landlord To Take My Voucher
In this episode, John and Christina explore the unnecessarily hard road for voucher holders in Texas. In the Lone Star State, Source of Income discrimination is a major issue for low-income families looking for a place to live. For Samara Nero, she tells us it took a lot of effort, extensions, and months upon months of searching for someone to take her voucher. Thankfully, there are advocates fighting against discriminatory landlords, like Demetria McCain from the Inclusive Communities Project in Dallas who also joins the podcast to talk about her work regarding SOI discrimination.
Read the Inclusive Communities Project's recent report on voucher discrimination here.
Episode 31: Housing Segregation, George Floyd, and Honoring True Housers
For our latest episode of A Little Louder, John and Christina experiment with a unique format. They discuss what they're reading, lift up the work of some great Housers, calling out stuff that "ain't right," and providing brief history lessons in the housing world. We also give a preview of the 2020 Houser Awards on Nov. 10.
Episode 30: Who is this housing for and where does it go?
Every year, Texas receives millions of dollars in tax credits to help developers build affordable housing. It's big money and a highly competitive process. The formula that decides who gets the federal subsidies in Texas is called the Qualified Allocation Plan, which is drafted by our state housing agency, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. We speak with Texas Houser Elizabeth Roehm to break down what's new in the 2021 proposed QAP and challenge some new proposed rules that could curb opportunity for Texas tenants.
Episode 29: The Trouble With PFCs
We are back for a new season of A Little Louder!
This week, John and Christina are joined by University of Texas Law professor Heather Way to learn about how Public Facility Corporations (PFCs) can purport themselves as affordable housing, but have been used as a loophole for big tax breaks while leaving low-income renters in the dust. We also discuss a new addition to the Housers family.
Heather Way's report - Public Facility Corporations and the Section 303.042(f) Tax Break for Apartment Developments
Episode 28: The COVID-19 housing crisis
The news cycle under COVID-19 has operated at a breakneck pace. For many, it's been difficult to track what the rules are and what the government is doing to help those who are in need. Thankfully, at least in regard to housing, we can provide a little clarity for those who may need it.
John and Christina are joined on this week's episode of A Little Louder by Shamus Roller, Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project to help sort through what moratoriums on evictions mean and what in that $2 trillion stimulus goes to housing. We are also joined by our community navigator Ericka Bowman, as she tells us what low-income families in Houston and Galveston are experiencing with the coronavirus limiting everyday necessities like transportation, groceries, and work opportunities.
We are still recording remotely, practicing what Christina calls "physical distancing but social connection." Please continue to stay safe, fellow Housers!
You can follow Shamus on Twitter at @ShamusRoller and the National Housing Law Project at @NHLP.
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Housing Discrimination & Segregation in Texas
I love this podcast and I highly recommend it.
I am white and new to the topic of housing discrimination and segregation. Of course, Texas, always at the front of the FOMO movement when it comes to discrimination and segregation, plays a prominent role in this space.
I find this podcast very informative and revealing and found the recent Juneteenth episode on Texas Freedmen’s towns particularly interesting.
Thank you, Texas Housers, for the important work you do, and for bringing it to the average Texans, the white ones in particular, through your podcast.
Great podcast about housing issues!
Christina and John cover US housing issues from a progressive perspective with heart, humor and tons of experience, knowledge. <3