Housing News

Hoping for the best

January 26, 2017 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Stephen McIntyre

Most of us trust the powers that be and their hired and elected associates to do the right thing. We pray everything will turn out all right. We hope for the best.

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City: Speculators selling condemned properties

October 6, 2016 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Marissa Barnett

Speculators have been buying up condemned houses slated for demolition in a citywide cleanup effort and reselling them to unwitting buyers, city officials and one family claim. Buyers of such houses find themselves liable for the costs of repairing them back to city code, or for the cost of the demolition and the loss of the structures, those familiar with the transactions said.

"The city worked with the family between December and March to get the house off the demolition list. The family hired an engineering firm earlier this year to provide a structural report and show the city they were serious about bringing the house up to code, Joe Compian of Gulf Coast Interfaith said. Compian has been working with the family to help remedy the situation."

Housing advocate with Galveston Ties named MacArthur genius

September 17, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By John Wayne Ferguson
A housing advocate who has played a crucial role in the rebuilding of low-and middle-income housing in Texas after Hurricane Ike has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

OKeeffe concerned about Fair Housing Act statement

December 12, 2011 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
... Joe Compian with Gulf Coast Interfaith said many people just don't understand what fair housing is about. At its simplest, fair housing is about fair treatment and equal access to housing regardless of race, disability, sex or family status, he said. "I believe there is a need to make people aware of fair housing," Compian said. he sees firsthand how people in Galveston County still deal with discrimination and need the information and protections the Fair Housing Act provide" Compian said.

Tree sculpture doesn't bother most residents

June 28, 2011 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Amanda Casanova
Members from the housing authority board of commissioners knocked on doors in The Oaks development Sunday to speak with residents about a tree sculpture of boxing champion Jack Johnson in the neighborhood.