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Posts in category Housing Matters

Making an Impactful Investment in Housing

September 1, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
More socially-conscious investors are using their money to make a meaningful difference in causes they believe through "impact investing," and this wave of investment could play a pivotal role in how affordable housing is financed.

Doctor’s Order: Stable, Decent & Affordable Housing

March 10, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
When it comes to good health, one of the best prescriptions is stable, decent and affordable housing. That's the key takeaway from a research summary prepared by the Center for Housing Policy that detailed the connections between housing and health explained below.

What You Don’t Know About Farm Workers May Surprise You

March 4, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Farm workers across the nation face many uncertainties as the location and duration of their employment can be unpredictable. A National Center for Farmworker Health demographic sheet estimates there are more than 3 million migrant and seasonal farm workers in the United States including roughly 360,000 in Texas based on data from 2000.

The Importance of Providing Housing Options Close to Jobs

September 25, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
Last month, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX, Inc. released their Urban Mobility Scorecard, a national report that painted a sobering picture for many Texas cities. Four Texas metro areas ranked in the top 50 for having the most congested roadways: Houston (8th), Dallas (11th), Austin (12th), and San Antonio (33rd).

On the House Blog Celebrates One Year

August 7, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
A year ago, TSAHC launched the On the House blog. In the first entry, we stated, “Our purpose with this blog is to share information that helps all of us confront Texas' affordable housing shortage head-on" by delivering content that would "tackle important housing issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources." We hope you feel we are meeting that objective.

What a Family Spends on Housing Can Affect a Child’s Success in School

May 22, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
The school year is coming to a close, and while much of the focus is on how well schools prepare students for end-of-year exams, what percentage of their income some families spend on rent is also critical to a student’s scholastic achievement.