28 episodes

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.

A Little Louder Texas Housers

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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 28: The COVID-19 housing crisis

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 27: Addressing 'The Gap' for Low-Income Renters

    Episode 27: Addressing 'The Gap' for Low-Income Renters

    John and Christina were joined this week by Andrew Aurand, Vice President for Research at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, to discuss their 2020 edition of the Gap Report. This deep study into the shortage for rental units for extremely low-income renters exposes some harsh realities for us here in the Lone Star State, including that Texas is far below the national average in affordable and available homes for extremely low-income renters. Aurand also offered what solutions are needed to help shorten this gap, including exercising local, state, and federal power to help our most vulnerable community members.

    Our two panelists exchanged their thoughts on the matter all while social distancing in their respective homes. Stay safe, fellow Housers!

    You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @AGAurand and the National Low Income Housing Commission at @NLIHC.

    • 27 min
    Episode 26: Don't eat the toxic fish

    Episode 26: Don't eat the toxic fish

    For decades, federal, state and local officials knew that the fish in Donna Lake in the Rio Grande Valley carried a dangerous level of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). And for decades, residents in the surrounding community fished in the lake and often ate or sold the fish. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted the lake Superfund status in 1993 after a study found that the fish in the lake were toxic and linked to birth defects in infants. Still little was done until recently, when the EPA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality began remediation and clean up in January. Texas Housers talks to Josué Ramirez who helped lead a local campaign in the Valley to amplify the voices and concerns of residents and demand action that was long overdue. 

    • 24 min
    Episode 25: A Voice for San Antonio Renters

    Episode 25: A Voice for San Antonio Renters

    Nearly half of the city of San Antonio's residents are renters. With the cost of housing rising and wages mostly stagnant, too many renters with low incomes are often at risk of enduring shoddy housing conditions or displacement because of a shortage of places they can afford and few legal protections. "We're sometimes at the mercy of the landlord," one tenant said. A city council member has proposed creating a commission of renters to advise the city on tenant issues and housing policy in order to provide a forum for tenants to voice their concerns and be represented in their city's decision-making processes. Texas Housers talks to council member Roberto Treviño, tenant and organizer Kayla Miranda, and Cynthia Merla Spielman, a landlord and founding member of the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition.

    • 28 min
    Episode 24: Free Our People

    Episode 24: Free Our People

    In Texas, and across the country disability rights activists have demanded, worked for, and won improved transportation services, the right to choose where to live, and access to housing that suits their needs. But there are still many more strides to take toward more inclusive, accessible communities. In episode 24, Texas Housers talks to disability rights advocate and organizer Stephanie Thomas, with ADAPT of Texas. Thomas discusses how the fight for equitable public transportation in Texas led to a greater struggle for civil rights, community inclusion, and decent, accessible housing. 

    Learn more  about ADAPT at http://adaptoftexas.org/ and disability organizing at http://freeourpeople.net/disabilityorganizing101andbeyond/. 

    • 28 min
    Episode 23: The mandate to affirmatively further fair housing

    Episode 23: The mandate to affirmatively further fair housing

    In its new proposed rule, HUD is redefining a key provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and loosening requirements on local jurisdictions receiving federal grants. This would allow more than 1,200 localities charged with addressing patterns of racial segregation to further entrench the legacy of government-sponsored discrimination. We talk to fair housing expert, civil rights attorney, and former HUD official Betsy Julian about how the mandate to affirmatively further fair housing has historically been ignored and how advocates have risen up to make sure the vision of an integrated, inclusive America is not forgotten. 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Ellimac B ,

Super informative

A podcast for everyone

German Girl ,

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.

Desire_Lines ,

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

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