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Connecting the Issues of Flooding and Affordable Housing in Texas

A study released this week by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium ( the University of Houston, the Kinder Institute, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and more) raises concerns that new floodplain regulations could harm renters.
March 21, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sarah Smith reports: "More than 475,000 people in Harris County live in multifamily units at risk of flooding, according to the study released Thursday by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium."

In total, "26 percent of all multifamily units [in Harris County] — buildings with two or more units — are currently located within a flood-risk area," adds Smith.

Those findings are raising concerns that the Chapter 19 construction regulations put in place after Hurricane Harvey could exacerbate the region's shortage of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income residents.

The article provides an overall picture of the housing market and demographics of Harris County, in addition to revealing more insight about the study's attention to specific neighborhoods in Houston.

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Published on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in The Houston Chronicle
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