Tag Archives: housing compliance

Update: HUD’s Public Inspection Scores

Last week we pointed to HUD’s release of 2009 Physical Inspection Scores for subsidized properties. Eric Dexheimer at the Austin American Statesman followed up on the story this morning, adding some insight about American Housing Foundation, the owner of one of the lowest scoring properties in the state. If you haven’t followed the stories, be […]

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HUD fails 14 percent of Texas subsidized properties inspected in physical inspections

Back in 2008 we presented data on physical inspection scores of subsidized housing in Texas.  HUD has updated this dataset to reflect more recent inspections, and things are still bad. 56 of 388 properties inspected (14%) by HUD in 2009 received a failing score (i.e. less than 60 on a 0-100 scale) . The ten […]

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Why was the leader of a failed Texas housing nonprofit a major political contributor to Texas officials?

Steve Sterquell, the one-time head of the now bankrupt Amarillo, Texas nonprofit affordable housing corporation American Housing Foundation, gave out nearly $370,000 to Texas elected officials over eight years according to the Amarillo Globe-News. This made Sterquell number 65 on the 2006 list of Texas campaign contributors according to Texans for Public Justice, a campaign […]

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Changes to TX Residential Construction Commission do not fix the problem

In an earlier posting I applauded the decision of the Texas Sunset Commission staff to recommend the abolition of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC). That agency currently accomplishes little more than preventing homeowners from quickly taking home builders to court to compel them to fix problems with the builder’s or remodeler’s work on their […]

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Analysis of HUD report on low scoring subsidized housing in Texas

A total of 107 or 9.4 percent of HUD assisted housing apartment developments in Texas earned a very low score in the latest round of physical inspections.  The HUD Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspection scores measure, among other things, the condition of a property’s common areas, units, and utility systems. The developments with […]

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It is time to abolish the ineffective Texas Residential Construction Commission

The hopelessly flawed Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) has been recommended for abolition by the Texas Sunset Commission staff.  The Sunset staff report on the TRCC concludes, “Current regulation of the residential construction industry is fundamentally flawed and does more harm than good.” I reluctantly concur. The TRCC was pushed into being in 2003 by […]

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VISTAs make good things happen in housing

We have a new VISTA volunteer at the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and I am once again reminded how VISTAs make good things happen for the poor, especially in housing. Ryan is a summer VISTA who was assigned to us through a VISTA program operated by United Cerebral Palsy of Texas.  His job […]

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The voice of consumers is missing in judging subsidized housing

Low income tenants are seldom consulted about the quality of housing that the government builds for them. I have long thought this to be a serious flaw in affordable housing. Without the active involvement of consumers how can we expect the housing to be designed to meet their needs?  Without asking the tenants, how can […]

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Cleaning house at the state

The June 5, 2008 compliance hearing video is 60 minutes. It provides a very useful overview of the issues surrounding compliance monitoring from TDHCA’s and TSAHC’s perspective. Watch the hearing video. Last Wednesday the Texas House of Representative’s Urban Affairs committee held a public hearing about strengthening efforts by the Texas Department of Housing and […]

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