For years, Houston has been touted as one of the nation’s most affordable major metropolitan areas. But it’s now facing a decreasing supply of affordable housing. To effectively address the affordability crisis in Houston, local decision-makers and individuals must consider the combined costs of housing and transportation and their impact on overall affordability.
To better understand the affordability crisis in Houston, LINK Houston and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research teamed up to explore where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation overlap in the city.
A dashboard created by the Kinder Institute’s Houston Community Data Connections shows job-loss estimates in each Harris County community. Many of the areas impacted most by the economic downturn are home to low-income renters, the working poor and single-parent households.
Through workshops, community feedback and an interactive data walk, a Houston Community Data Connections team empowered Third Ward community members and other stakeholders to use data from a multi-phase comprehensive needs assessment to pursue priorities in the neighborhood.
The majority of Houston-area families report COVID-19 is negatively impacting well-being, employment, education and more, according to this community impact survey.
Near Northside residents’ perception of safety and the quality of streets and sidewalks are assessed in a pair of new reports from the Kinder Institute. The findings show subpar infrastructure and fears of crime and cars are endangering many in the neighborhood.
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is launching a new survey to better understand housing and neighborhood challenges faced by those living with disabilities in Houston.
Extensions of light rail service in areas with easy access to Houston’s major job centers have brought residential and commercial development to those areas. Researchers at the Kinder Institute wanted to find out if and how transit investments impact patterns of gentrification in the city.
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Researchers at Columbia University and Boston University found expanding Medicaid in America may help reduce eviction rates.
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program offers subsidy recipients the advantage and freedom to choose a rental location, unlike other project-based affordable housing programs
On Saturday, Kinder Institute for Urban Research staff and community volunteers came together at the BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center to conduct a walking and biking infrastructure survey of the Near Northside neighborhood.
One researcher offers new insights into opportunity, comparing Germany and the United States.
While Houston's diversity is helping close racial divides, the class divides are growing increasingly wider.