HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY FACE A CRISIS OF HOUSING AFFORDABILITY 

Affordable Multi-Family Housing: Risks and Opportunities

Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium

The need for affordable housing in Houston and Harris County is at a crisis point. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of extremely low-income renter households in Harris County rose from 119,594 to 164,065, a 37 percent increase. In the same period, the number of adequate, affordable, and available units increased by only 18 percent, lagging dramatically behind demand. The widening gap between available units and resident needs combined with ever-increasing flood risks require new strategies for addressing Houston’s affordable housing crisis. To this end, the Affordable Multi-Family Housing Report provides an in-depth analysis of challenges and opportunities for preserving, rehabilitating, and constructing affordable multi-family housing in Houston and Harris County, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Project Team: Susan Rogers, Adelle Main, Angélica Lastra, José Mario López, Gabriela Degetau, Constanza Peña

Partners: Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University; Local Initiatives Support Corporation Houston

2019

Press:
 

Houston Chronicle

“Study: More than 475,000 Harris County residents live in units at risk of flooding” by Sarah Smith Houston Chronicle, March 21, 2019

Houston Public Media

“Report: Close To Half A Million Harris County Residents Live In Units At Risk Of Flooding,” Houston Public Media March 25, 2019