Though Houston is seen as relatively inexpensive compared to cities such as New York or Los Angeles, we still face issues with affordable housing. For every one hundred low-income renters in the city, there are only 19 affordable housing units. In Houston, 47% of renter households are cost burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. One major solution to the increasing costs of housing is the creation of a community development corporation that will partner with other non-profits and the city to build affordable housing units, while also focusing on home ownership. This will be an initiative that works to support and revitalize our District. The creation of a Land Bank can also be beneficial to convert vacant or abandoned properties into affordable home units for renters or buyers. There are various tools and successful models that can be used to aid families struggling to pay for housing. Houston also needs a capital investment in affordable housing units and our elected leaders should be lobbying the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for increased funding in our city.
Houston is widely regarded as one of the best cities for economic opportunities, but so many of our families are being left out of that economic story. 21.5% of our city lives below the poverty line and this disproportionally affects minority populations and children. Our city needs policies that will help families climb themselves out of poverty and into the American middle class. From expanding early childhood education, finding solutions to chronic homelessness, expanding transportation options, offering skilled job training assistance, building more affordable housing, and creating year round child nutrition programs, we can break the cycle of poverty in Houston and put families on a path to financial stability.
One COMMUNITY, One HOUSTON
Houston is the most diverse city in our nation. It is time now that we work with community and business leaders to pass non-discrimination policies that call for the acceptance of all who choose to reside in this city. No matter your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity, culture, religion, beliefs, or socioeconomic status, everyone should feel welcome and included in the great and changing story of Houston.