Houston residents openly object to low-income housing projects

  • HHA's project is being proposed within an upscale subdivision.
  • Houston representatives aren't afraid to express their opposition to low-income housing projects.
  • The size of the Houston metro does play a part in the volume of objections it produces.

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Of the all objections and letters the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs receives regarding low-income housing developments, the highest percentage come from Houston. "Houston being the size it is, we get proportionately more objections," said Gordon Andersen, senior communications advisor the department of housing. One project currently meeting opposition is a four-story, 233-unit development being proposed by the Houston Housing Authority (HHA). The primary reason being cited publicly for opposition, the project would overcrowd a local elementary school. It's noteworthy that the proposed project is located in an upscale Briargrove subdivision, which sits just west of Uptown and the Galleria, near an elementary school known for its low student-to-teach ratio. The property has caught the attention of U.S. Congressman John Culberson, who represents the 7th district of Texas and has requested that all work on the project be halted. In a late January lett...