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Burgess Statement on Independence at Home Performance Year 2 Data

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Independence at Home program’s year 2 performance data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today

Congressman Al Green to Join Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, the Houston Police Department, and the...

Congressman Al Green (TX-09) honoring a request from Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell has agreed to join Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, and others in a dialogue about police-community relations on July 16, 2016, at the Kingdom Builders’ Center

Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of 2016

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

Special Needs Assistance Program Grant Provides Couple with Home Repairs

Mattie Standberry has lived a life of service, using her time and talents to help others. After working as a restaurant cook, she spent the last 15 years of her career as a home health nurse. Now at age 70, Mrs. Standberry spends much of her time caring for her husband, who has larynx cancer

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Kicking off the year with record growth across all solar sectors, Texas is on track to become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S. within the next five years, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q2 2016, compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Houston’s 1st GardenCrawl!

The Houston Free Thinkers, Generators Playground, and Air Alliance Houston are proud to present Houston's FIRST Garden Crawl!

Rep. Cuellar Adds Language in Transportation-HUD Funding Bill to Enforce Public Housing Income Requirements

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced the inclusion of language in the Fiscal Year 2017 U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill that encourages the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local public housing authorities to reduce the number of residents who exceed the maximum income requirements (“over-income residents”) in order to provide housing assistance to vulnerable persons and families who are most in need. The bill passed out of the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.

Congressman Cuellar Includes Language in Appropriations Bill to Help Homeless Veterans

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced he included language in the U.S. House’s Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to support homeless veterans.

Only Two Weeks Left to Register for March Storms Disaster Assistance

Texans who suffered damage or losses from the March 7-29 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance. “We do not want to see anyone lose the opportunity to receive money that they are due,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas.

Justice Department Reaches $475,000 Settlement With Beaumont, Texas, to Resolve Disability Discrimination in Housing...

The Justice Department today announced that the city of Beaumont, Texas, has agreed to pay $475,000 and change its zoning and land use practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who sought to live in small group homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods.  The consent decree must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Rep. Culberson Joins Texas Delegation in Request for Disaster Declaration

Representative John Culberson joined all House Members of the Texas delegation in sending a letter to President Barack Obama in support of Governor Greg Abbott’s state disaster declaration request

Congressmen Al Green and Gene Green Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund Houston Area Army...

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Congressmen Al Green (TX-09) and Gene Green (TX-29) introduced H.R. 5025, the 2016 Tax Day Floods Supplemental Funding Act, which would appropriate $311 million for Army Corps flood control construction projects in the Houston area. The legislation would fund the projects using supplemental appropriations until 2026, and return any funds not used on these projects to the U.S. Treasury.

Federal Judge Sides with City of Dallas over Banning Pornography Expo on City Property

A federal judge ruled in favor of the City of Dallas following its decision to ban a pornography convention from being hosted at a city-owned convention center. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Dallas Citizens Council filed an amicus brief earlier this month in support of the city

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – AUSTIN WINS HUD’S INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING STUDENT DESIGN AND...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a graduate student team from the University of Texas at Austin the winners of HUD’s third annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The Austin team was one of the four team finalists to develop a plan to redevelop the public housing project Monteria Village in Santa Barbara, California. HUD also announced a team from University of Maryland as the runner up.

MPD to hold public viewing of recovered stolen property

The Midland Police Department will give citizens an opportunity to retrieve stolen property through a public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the MPD armory building (3900 N. Lamesa Rd.).

Spend FEMA Grants Wisely

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already put more than $5 million in federal disaster relief funds in the hands of Mississippians recovering from flooding and severe weather. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA want to remind those receiving grant payments to spend those funds wisely. Survivors should use Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants on housing repairs and other essential needs.

FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Social Security Or Other Federal Benefits

Texas residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in March will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal or state disaster aid. This includes homeowners, renters and businesses in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties who register for disaster assistance.

Preliminary Flood Maps for Three Texas Counties Ready for Public View

New preliminary flood maps for residents of Chambers, Liberty and San Jacinto counties area ready for residents to review. Communities affected by the maps include Liberty, Dayton, Dayton Lakes, and Mont Belvieu.

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Willacy and Cameron Counties...

New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Willacy and Cameron counties are now ready for residents to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them

Nearly 200 People Attend Flood Disaster Assistance Workshop Hosted by Babin Office in Deweyville

Nearly 200 people attended a “Flood Disaster Assistance Workshop" on Thursday night hosted by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and his staff at the Deweyville High School gymnasium. The event, which featured representatives from FEMA, SBA, FSA, TDEM and other community recovery agencies, provided flood victims in Newton, Orange and Jasper Counties with an opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from these agencies on applying for assistance.

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Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

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TEXAS NEW HOME PRICES INCREASE, SALES PACE SHOW SIGNS OF SLOWING

New home sales prices are increasing, and the pace of new home sales are showing signs of slowing in the four largest homebuilding markets in Texas, but total new home sales remain solid, according to the HomesUSA.com® New Homes Sales Index and other new home sales data released today.