Housing Stocks & Growth

Housing Stock in Houston Exploring the supply of housing in our region Overall, the housing stock and growth in the three-county area suggest a strong, but possibly slowing, housing market, with some concerns about the supply of affordable housing in the future. Why the housing stock matters to Houston In a healthy economy, new housing …

Homeownership and Renting

Homeownership and Renting in Houston Exploring homeownership and renting across our community While homeownership rates are increasing across Houston, they remain disproportionately low among low-income and non-white households. We also see a rise in renters across all three counties, reflecting lifestyle changes and barriers often associated with buying a home.  Why homeownership matters to Houston Homeownership …

Housing Conditions

Housing Conditions in Houston Exploring the state of housing in Houston More than one-third of people and almost half of renters in the Houston area do not live in adequate and affordable homes, and these problems are on the rise. Why housing conditions matter to Houston Having a well-maintained, hazard-free place to live helps Houstonians …

Housing Vulnerabilities

Housing Vulnerabilities in Houston Exploring how the unexpected affects Houston-area housing  Many low-income households lack the necessary resources to bounce back from disasters and other adverse events such as an increase in rents and loss of income, thus are more vulnerable, sometimes leading to eviction and even homelessness.  Why housing vulnerabilities matter to Houston While …

Home Affordability

Housing Affordability in Houston Exploring housing-cost burden in our community Housing costs are rising across Houston as the percentage of affordable housing units is decreasing, leaving almost half of renter households housing-cost burdened. Why housing affordability matters to Houston Housing is the single largest expense for many households and is becoming less affordable with time. …

Health Outcomes

Health Outcomes in Houston Racial disparities in health outcomes persist despite progress on mortality rates Overall, our region has lower premature mortality rates, lower cancer mortality and incidence rates, and longer life expectancies compared to the nation. However, the infant mortality rate and percentage of infants with low birth weights are higher than the national …

Health Behaviors

Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Behavioral factors account for 40% or more of health-related deaths in the United States Lack of physical activity, obesity and food insecurity lead to a decreased quality of life, putting people at high risk of poor health. Why health behavior matters to Houston Health behavior refers to actions taken by …

Mental Health

Mental Health Mental health problems are very common in the Houston region, yet Texans continue to struggle in accessing mental health care Our region has seen a recent increase in mental distress frequency, drug use and suicides, exacerbating the existing mental health challenges across the Houston region. While the number of mental health care workers …

Health Care Access

Health Care Access Too few Houston-area residents are able to access affordable, high-quality health care consistently, contributing to poor health outcomes for a significant portion of our neighbors Uninsured rates in the three-county Houston region have steadily increased since 2016, while physician availability and preventable hospital stays have improved. Why access to health care matters …

Funding, Enrollment & Teachers

Funding, Enrollment & Teachers A thriving public school system requires sufficient funding, robust student enrollment and effective teachers The COVID-19 pandemic upended student enrollment and had a significant effect on teachers just as HB3 increased funding to public schools.  Why school funding, enrollment, and teachers matter to Houston Public schools need students, teachers, and money. …