With Robins Landing, Habitat for Humanity takes on a new role: master-planned community developer

City officials, home builders and affordable housing developers gathered in northeast Houston this week to celebrate a new model for mixed-income housing. The first-of-its-kind project, a residential community called Robins Landing, will have many of the same attributes as some of the region’s sought-after master-planned communities: green space, walking trails and a convenient “town center” where residents can shop, see a doctor or visit a library.

 

Houston hopes more homeowners will embrace housing literally in their backyard

There is a lot to like about accessory dwelling units—garage apartments, in-law cottages, granny flats—as a form of housing. Done well, ADUs can help meet the needs for multigenerational families, workers and students, and they offer a gentler form of infill density in urban neighborhoods. They can also provide a source of income and build wealth for the homeowners who choose to build them. What will it take to spark a “backyard revolution” in Houston?