Houston is a metropolitan area with more than 650 square miles of ground to cover. There are several homes and neighborhoods which all deserve to be preserved in their history and safe to live in.
Our work in Houston cross sects with Disaster Recovery, but it also touches on issues such as environmental justice, as in the cancer cluster in 5th ward/Kashmere Gardens. We also work to ensure that neighborhoods that have existed for decades and families who have planted roots are not displaced by highway expansion that does not solve traffic issues, adds to our environmental woes, and most importantly, displaces families. This is why we also work toward solutions to manage the I-45 expansion and stopping TxDOT’s current plans.
Here is where you can find our collective work in Houston.
We at Texas Housers are proud to state that our work in Houston spans all over the city. From working with organizations like IMPACT Fifth Ward who have refused to give up with regard to the pollution in their neighborhood harming them for decades. Their push to make sure the state investigated Union Pacific’s use of creosote and its contamination of their neighborhoods resulted in a study finally officially declaring what they’ve said all along: their home was made to be a cancer cluster. And alongside community groups like IMPACT, we work with Air Alliance Houston to ensure that we cover all bases to support these residents.
In our work in preventing highway expansion, we have worked with groups like StopTxDOT in their efforts to prevent I-45 expansion from displacing thousands of residents and destroying affordable housing in the name of what has historically resulted in environmentally unsustainable and racially harmful highway expansion.
Texas Housers has worked with local Houstonians to speak to local and state officials to describe what they want and what they would see as fair, helping conduct studies to show the harmful effects of unchecked demolition and highway expansion. Ultimately, we want to see homes preserved and communities uninterrupted and this fuels our work with preventing highway expansion.