Important Community Alert: More Low Income Housing on the Way for Sharpstown-Southwest Houston


A Dallas-based apartment developer, DALCOR AFORDABLE HOUSING, is attempting to acquire and convert the 20 acre apartment property at 6425 S. Gessner near Bellaire, to a dedicated, low-income housing complex. Located in the heart of Sharpstown, across from Strake Jesuit High School, this is reportedly part of a $105 million plan to rehab the 805 unit complex, using Federal tax credits and Texas Housing Bonds. Notification of the project was sent as required by Texas Govt. Code 2306 to our

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Houston Debt poised to skyrocket via TIRZ program, while City Charter bars new debt for Street projects.


ReBuild Houston PAY-GO (or pay as you go) financing was a bold story, designed to persuade just enough voters to pass a $100 million annual drainage fee (tax). A key feature of the ReBuild Houston program was that we were to no longer issue new debt for street and drainage projects. Over time as the existing debt would be paid down, more cash flow would be available to directly pay for projects. So, you see, just be patient, it will

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Invisible Government – Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones in Houston- Texas Public Policy Foundation Panel – Jan 2017

Invis Gov SPLASH

(Panelists: Charles Blain, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, CM Larry Green- District K, Jim Bigham) With Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s recent spotlight on the tremendous resources¬† carefully partitioned off within the City of Houston’s Tax Increment Zones (TIRZ), I thought this would be a good time to revisit a policy discussion held earlier this year about this so-called invisible government. I joined Charles Blain with Empower Texans, along with Sen. Sylvia Garcia and Council Member Larry Green –

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Post-Harvey Review: HFD problems, with no effective plan for vulnerable neighborhoods

Coast Guard in Bonham Acres

Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) In the post Harvey world many Houstonians are interested in the details of what happened and who among our H-Town leaders performed at a high level, and which were a failure. It’s not enough to just pat the City Hall administration on the back and say, well, we could have never dreamed of such a disaster. As pointed out by the Houston Chronicle’s editorial team, we knew, so did our leaders,

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Turner Tragedy Tax Falls as Governor Questions Resources in Houston TIRZ Accounts

Turner Tragedy tax hearing

Photo: Houston Chronicle It’s been a busy few weeks as Mayor Turner worked to take advantage of the Hurricane Harvey tragedy by placing a tax hike on the agenda for City Council to consider next month. At the last possible date permitted under state law, Turner placed a proposed increase on the table for the city’s property tax rate,¬† a rate not normally permitted by the voter approved revenue cap.¬† The City Charter allows for such a change given a

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