A Little Louder

A Little Louder

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A Little Louder is a podcast by Texas Housers, hosted by John Henneberger and Christina Rosales. We talk about fair housing, community development and community efforts to work toward just cities and inclusive neighborhoods.


Episode 12: Juneteenth and Texas Freedom Colonies
Jun 14 • 44 min
Juneteenth is soon approaching in a few days, and in honor of the holiday, we spoke about the preservation of Black neighborhoods which date back more than a century ago. Joining us on Episode 12 is Dr. Andrea Roberts of the Texas Freedom Colonies…
Episode 11: The Roundabout Way We Subsidize Affordable Housing
May 31 • 31 min
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit program is helping to produce most of the new affordable housing in our country. But why is the IRS involved with creating affordable housing? And who gets left behind when this housing subsidy is not targeting the…
Episode 10: Inside HUD’s plan that may threaten mixed-status families
May 17 • 35 min
In episode 10, Texas Housers breaks down HUD’s new proposed rule to evict families from subsidized housing if a member of the family is an immigrant without legal status. Christina and John interview Mike Gerber and Michael Roth of the Housing Authority…
Episode 9: Galveston’s Subsidized Housing Crisis
May 3 • 23 min
Since Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008, critical public housing units have been lost and never rebuilt. Add the shortage of apartments and homes affordable to many people working service jobs on the island, and this is the making of a housing crisis.…
Episode 8: CDBG 101
Apr 19 • 31 min
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is one of the longest-running programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. When it works well, it has the potential to address poverty and blight and revitalize…
Episode 7: The struggle for neighborhood history, the fight for neighborhood future
Apr 5 • 28 min
In episode 7, Texas Housers interviews members of the 10th Street Residential Association who discuss their experience in preserving their historical status and their continued struggle to ensure the future of their neighborhood, settled more than a…
Ep.6: The Houser guide to the 86th Texas Legislature
Mar 15 • 29 min
In episode 6, Texas Housers highlights some noteworthy housing bills proposed in the 2019 legislative session. Some promote quality housing and tenant rights. Others not so much. We also discuss low-income housing tax credit corruption and shortages in…
Ep.5: Lubbock and the people’s pursuit for equal air
Mar 1 • 32 min
In episode 5, we take a deep dive into how segregation caused Black and Latino neighborhoods to be trapped near industry and pollution. We talk to residents fighting for environmental justice. Transcript of Episode 5
Ep.4: Home matters
Feb 15 • 29 min
In episode 4, Texas Housers discusses the importance of housing mobility and how where you live can change the trajectory of your life. We interview Beth Legg, a fair housing planner, and Martha Sanchez, an organizer in the Rio Grande Valley. Transcript…
Ep.3: How to avoid disaster recovery Groundhog Day
Feb 1 • 26 min
In episode 3, Texas Housers discusses how disaster recovery can be vastly improved by a “precovery” plan – that is, planning for recovery, even before the natural disaster hits. A bill proposed in the Texas legislature could help communities do just that.…
Ep. 2: Integration Now: How inclusive communities promote options and opportunity
Jan 10 • 30 min
In episode 2, Demetria McCain of the Inclusive Communities Project talks about integration and people’s right to choose where to live. John and Christina discuss how private equity is changing homeownership and the real crisis at the border. Transcript…
Ep. 1: What Clarksville can teach us about community preservation and displacement
Jan 3 • 25 min
In A Little Louder’s first episode, we discuss Opportunity Zones, freedmen’s settlement north of Houston struggling with attrition and lack of investment, and how Austin’s Clarksville has changed from a culturally rooted freedmen’s settlement with no…