The effort to adequately house all residents of Houston and Harris County in safe and affordable housing is an urgent regional matter. Everyone, regardless of income, wants housing that is affordable to them. Addressing housing needs for people with lower incomes, however, remains challenging. Hundreds of thousands of residents live either in homes that are substandard or where mortgage and rental costs consume too much of their overall household income. Heavy housing costs leave families financially stretched and vulnerable to a slew of other problems.
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and CSH are pleased to present this report synthesizing major themes from the Houston and Harris County Housing Conversation. The work of addressing housing needs across the entire region requires a collaborative effort between government, the private sector, service providers, advocates, and residents.