A collaboration between LISC and the Urban Institute has produced a data set with “foreclosure needs scores” within Community Development Block Grant jurisdictions within each state. These scores incorporate measures of subprime lending, foreclosures, delinquency, and vacancies to help state and local officials quickly assess the relative needs of different jurisdictions for neighborhood stabilization funding.
I have extracted some of the data to indicate the jurisdictions within Texas that are experiencing exceptional problems with subprime lending and foreclosures.
What stands out in the data is the over representation of cities on the Texas Mexico border in each of these top 10 lists. For many years we have observed is that border cities have had a much higher rate of subprime lending than non-border Texas cities. Until recent years the foreclosure rates in these communities have not appeared to be extraordinarily high compared to the rest of the state. I suspect that the recent link would see in foreclosure rates reflect the changing nature of subprime lending — that is to say, more frequently the subprime loans contained predatory terms and involve adjustable rate, as oppose to fixed rate interest rates.
Top 10 Texas jurisdictions with the highest percentages of subprime loans
Hidalgo County 27.28%
Texas City 23.24%
San Benito 22.84%
Port Arthur 21.70%
Top 10 Texas jurisdictions with highest percentage of loans 30 days or more delinquent
Texas City 11.21%
San Benito 11.00%
Hidalgo County 10.80%
Grand Prairie 10.61%
Dallas County 10.58%
Top 10 Texas jurisdictions with highest percentage of loans in foreclosure
Dallas County 3.07%
Texas City 3.03%
San Benito 2.85%
Grand Prairie 2.84%
Port Arthur 2.55%
Fort Worth 2.48%
Statewide the data indicates there are almost 1/2 million subprime loans in Texas constituting about 12.5% of all loans. In Texas, 6.98% of loans our 30 days or more delinquent representing 276,770 loans. An estimated 68,041 loans are in foreclosure comprising 1.72% of loans.
I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community.
These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.