In episode 4 of A Little Louder, we talk about how housing mobility and the policies that support true housing choice for families can be an effective tool for ending generational poverty.
We interview Texas Housers analyst Beth Legg about a demonstration project in San Antonio that could allow families with Housing Choice Vouchers to access high-opportunity neighborhoods by increasing the rent portion covered with a voucher. We also talk to Martha Sanchez of La Union del Pueblo Entero about how a federal mortgage assistance program in the 1980s changed the life trajectory for her three children.
You’ll also hear about an innovative project in the Rio Grande Valley that is using art and culture to organize colonia residents and discuss the struggle and motivation to keep demanding infrastructure justice. [bc]Workshop, LUPE, ARISE and Texas Housers collaborated on a project called Sonido del Agua, funded by the ArtPlace America National Creative Placemaking Fund. The organizations worked with musicians and colonia leaders to write corridos (ballads) about flooding and drainage in a colonia in Hidalgo County.
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