By Juan Pablo Garnham, The Texas Tribune In the 40-minute bus ride across San Antonio that Barbie Hammond takes to work, there’s one topic of conversation that keeps coming up: the cost of rent. “A lady that I talk to on the bus told me she had to move because of the rent increases,” the 57-year-old said. “And I told her, ‘Well, when Christmastime came, I got a note saying that the next month there will be a $60 increase in my apartment.’”
Written by JoleneAlmendarez on May 7 2019 - 2:30pm
Just nine months after San Antonio's Housing Policy Framework rolled off the presses, co-author María Antonietta Berriozábal said she is afraid the key recommendations are languishing and at risk of joining three decades of previous plans, on a shelf, forgotten, gathering dust.
Written by JoleneAlmendarez on Mar 29 2019 - 4:41pm
Sobbing and pleading for help, Silvia Rodriguez stood before a special meeting of the Housing Commission on March 12. In the previous nine years, her rent at the Soapworks apartment increased by about $100 a month, or just under 3% a year. But when the apartment complex changed hands in October of 2017, the new owner raised her rent about $100 - a whopping 20 percent - to $600 a month.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Dec 13 2018 - 9:41pm
San Antonio City Council approved a measure Dec. 13 that would reward developers for building housing as expensive as $360,000, after city staff spent months in private meetings with for profit and nonprofit developers, but did not hold a single public hearing.
Written by JoleneAlmendarez on Dec 13 2018 - 9:11am
About two dozen people gathered for a show of force outside City Hall Wednesday, Dec. 12, imploring the San Antonio City Council to stop “ramming through a policy” on housing development incentives. Community leaders said they want more time for people to understand specifics about the policy, how it has already impacted neighborhoods and families.
Written by Anisa Schell on Nov 23 2018 - 7:13pm
By Anisa Schell Infill housing can be designed in a way that is compatible, sustainable and affordable, as I demonstrated in this presentation to the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition meeting on Sept. 22, 2018.
Written by Cynthia Spielman on Nov 14 2018 - 3:32pm
By Tony Garcia with Cynthia Spielman
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Sep 24 2018 - 3:59pm
Written by Ben Olivo on Dec 15 2017 - 3:23pm
By Ben Olivo San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg put the brakes on a city policy that has lead to an influx of market-rate apartments in the downtown area — which many San Antonians would consider luxury because of the high cost of living there. In making the order at the Governance Committee on Tuesday, he also raised several questions regarding the city’s role in subsidizing its own growth.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on May 24 2017 - 12:59pm
While a boisterous audience of COPS/Metro Alliance members cheered them on, candidates for San Antonio mayor and city council pledged to fight Senate Bill 4 - the anti-sanctuary city law - starting on the day they take office. About 350 people packed the Dominion Church of God in Christ on May 22 for a Get Out the Vote Rally and Accountability Session where candidates were asked to give yes or no answers to questions about the COPS/Metro agenda on SB4, affordable housing, immigration and living wages.