Dallas Housing Authority

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Dallas Homeless Population Sees a Jump in Kids and Families, but Fewer Chronic Homeless

    The number of homeless people in a city on any given night varies, and is difficult to measure. Most cities perform random periodic counts to determine the number and demographic of homeless individuals. In Dallas, counts over the last 10 years indicate that the general population is going up, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    HUD Pushes Dallas to the Wall. City Hall Searches for a Scapegoat.

    Blame cannot be un-owned. Like money, blame has to go in somebody's purse. It can't be left on the table. If the responsible person is able somehow to cleverly skate on the blame he deserves, that just means somebody else has to be the scapegoat. Witness the grand saga going on now in our city as el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Dallas States Its Case on Federal Racial Segregation Charges

    We spoke last week about the way city staff is dealing behind the scenes with a recent accusation of racial segregation by the federal government. Maybe we should talk, too, about the way they're dealing with it in court. Late last month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    How Dallas City Hall Put Us Back Behind a 25-Year-Old Eight-Ball on Segregation

    A scathing federal report on housing policy in Dallas, unveiled this week after two City Council members demanded copies from the city attorney, has stirred local debate about federal desegregation law. But that debate begs two questions. See also: The Feds Say Dallas City Hall Has Promoted Racial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Construction Workers Say They Were Stiffed on Dallas' $50 Million Affordable Housing Project

    When the city broke ground on the $50 million Buckeye Trail Commons housing development, everyone grabbed a shovel. Never mind that they were all wearing business suits; this was supposed to be the beginning of a renaissance in the Bonton neighborhood that had until recently been burdened with the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The Residents of a Commerce Street Trailer Park Are Getting Booted, But They Won't Go Quietly

    The residents of the Dallas West Mobile Home Park on Commerce Street probably should have seen the writing on the wall almost a decade ago, when the Dallas City Council rezoned the property and turned their trailers and RVs into "non-conforming uses." If not then, when the Oak Cliff hipsters began f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    How City Officials Keep Dallas Segregated, and the Two Developers Suing to Stop Them

    Yesterday I wrote about Curtis Lockey and Craig MacKenzie, who were on my mind Tuesday night as I watched the final electoral votes for Obama click into place. Lockey and MacKenzie are real estate developers suing Dallas in federal court over what they claim is massive misuse of federal de-segregati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    No, Seriously, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Wants To End Chronic Homelessness By 2015

    President and CEO of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Mike Faenza said as much yesterday: He knows he's "at risk of looking like Don Quixote" here, but he really, really believes Dallas can end its chronic homelessness problem by 2015. Which is why earlier today he did his best to convince the city co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    A Video That Actually Sells Dallas, In This Case to Foreign Investors. Y'all Come Now, Y'Hear?

    ​In recent days we've seen a video in which the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau sells the city to conventioneers and tourists, and a short film in which the Dallas Citizens Council sells the city to ... um, the citizens council? But after the jump, here's a real, honest-to-God pitch -- a fre ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2011

    Price vs. Culbreath: Oh, You Know This'll Be Good

    Santa brings political theater fans an early Christmas present.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    "We Must Correct This Nightmare": Betty Culbreath to Take on Her Former Boss, JWP

    ​One month ago, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport board member, former Dallas Housing Authority chair, '07 Dallas City Council candidate, one-time chair of the City Plan Commission and longtime Friend of Unfair Park Betty Culbreath wrote on her blog that it's time for John Wiley Price to go. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    The Good and Bad News Contained Within MDHA's "2011 State of Homelessness" Report

    Metro Dallas Homeless AllianceA look at Dallas County's homeless population from the "2011 Annual 'Point-In-Time' Homeless Count and Census"​Leslie's at Dallas City Hall at this very moment, where Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is announcing the formation of the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2011

    For Sale: A 1937 Look at PWA "Low-Rent Housing Project" Off Maple That Still Stands

    eBay seller "vintageimagephotos"​It's been a long while since we've looked at a historic photo of the city for sale on eBay, and since there are just two days left in the auction, we'd best hustle. Besides, this is an intriguing offering: a beautiful, expansive aerial look-see at Cedar Springs Pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Surprise! City's Plans for Low-Income Housing Overlooks North Dallas. Again.

    ​Tuesday the city council's housing committee will hear about 13 low-income housing projects being considered by city and state officials. As usual, the dot pattern of the proposed developments looks like a case of municipal diaper rash, heavily concentrated in the city's southern regions. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Dave Neumann, You Have a Challenger!

    Sara KerensScott and wife Mariana Griggs, standing in their so-called "West Dallas Country Club" community garden​Council elections are in May, and this morning we learn that District 3 rep Dave Neumann will square off against a political newcomer (of sorts): Scott Griggs, with whom you're probabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    City Council Members Tour the Bridge for Latest Update on Housing Dallas's Homeless

    Photos by Patrick MichelsCity Council members Jerry Allen, David Neumann, Carolyn Davis and Pauline Medrano look on as Jay Dunn shows off facilities at The Bridge.The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's Mike Faenza and John Castle have been pretty regular faces at City Hall over the past few months, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    The Horror, The Horror Behind the Latest Trinity River Piece in Dallas's Only Daily

    ​Trinity River Project stories are The Dallas Morning News on mescaline. The city's only daily does so well with other coverage. But then they drop one of those Trinity River tabs, and the walls go to rubber. This morning The Dallas Morning News publishes a story saying the federal share of the Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Willis Johnson's Latest Piece of the Action

    Sam MertenWe're trying to imagine how the conversation between Willis Johnson (right) and Ryan Evans (left) went as Johnson, one of the mayor's close advisers, lobbied Evans on behalf of his wife's company. ​Thanks to Mayor Tom Leppert's push for a lobbyist registration ordinance, we're now pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Dallas Housing Authority's Watersports Complex Kibosh Runs Off September Event

    From the Dallas Watersports Complex's Web site, which, clearly, was clairvoyant​Perhaps you've heard: The Dallas Watersports Complex -- which was scheduled to open on Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas by no later than September -- has been drowned by MaryAnn Russ, head of the Dallas Housing Authority. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Mattie Nash, Former City Council Member and Housing Activist, Died Sunday at 87

    Mattie Nash, when she served on the Dallas City Council in the early 1990s​Not long ago, I was re-reading Michael Phillips's White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas 1841-2001 and came upon the section dealing with the demolition of 1,000 homes in the early '90s. Most, wrote Phill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Brent Brown, Head of City Hall's New CityDesign Studio, On Redesigning Dallas

    Brandon ThibodeauxBrent Brown, Mary Suhm's choice to head up the Dallas CityDesign Studio​Even after having mentioned the Dallas CityDesign Studio -- which the Trinity Trust is paying for, thanks to Rusty and Deedie Rose's $5 million donation -- a few times, we still didn't know what the what it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    At City Hall Federal Corruption Trial, Former DHA CEO Says Hill Wanted a Lott of Love

    Former Dallas Housing Authority CEO Ann Lott​This morning at the Dallas City Hall federal corruption trial at the Earle Cabell, we are getting insight into the involvement of Ann Lott, former CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority, in this whole sorry mess. I'm not sure where we're headed. But so f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    How City Hall Really Works: Notes from the City Hall Corruption Trial

    Once again, this more or less provides the perfect description of the testimony now being heard in the federal City Hall corruption trial.​O.K., I want to give you an example of the very good lawyering being done by the defense in the City Hall corruption trial going on right now at the Earle Cab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    In West Dallas, Habitat for Humanity is Cranking and "Crunkin'" It Out

    Patrick Michels Tammy Blackmon in front of her new home. Earlier this week, we told you about Habitat for Humanity's latest build project in West Dallas off Westmoreland Road. And, already, nine new homes are a couple days away from being ready for move-in. Unfair Park stopped by yesterday and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Homes for the Holiday

    By week's end, there should be nine new houses in Greenleaf Village II, near the original 5-year-old West Dallas development at Hampton Road and I-30. As we noted back in July, this is the week Whirlpool Corporation and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity -- and folks who've come to Dallas from all ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Culbreath Out, Ussery In

    Betty Culbreath Terdema Ussery, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Mavericks and a former Nike bigwig, has been tapped by Mayor Tom Leppert to become the new chair of the Dallas Housing Authority's board of commissioners. Which is quite the coup -- after all, it was but five years a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Dallas, Betty Culbreath Has Had Enough of You. So, She's Out.

    Betty Culbreath Betty Culbreath has served as chair of the City Plan Commission and is currently chair of the Dallas Housing Authority's board of commissioners -- only, the lifelong Dallas resident is fed up and moving away, though she doesn't say where. At least, that's what she wrote on her blog y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    DHA Board Chair Betty Culbreath Serving Hot Ham Sandwiches

    Betty Culbreath Thought now might be a good time to peek at the blog of Betty Culbreath, the Laura Miller-appointed chair of the Dallas Housing Authority, which, it was revealed today, is paying CEO Ann Lott $90,000 in severance following her resignation Tuesday. Culbreath, who yesterday posted a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Alphonso Jackson Pays Homage to Alphonso Jackson

    Over the last couple of months, word has dribbled out that former Dallas Housing Authority president and CEO Alphonso Jackson, now the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary, is under heavy government scrutiny for allegedly bad behavior in New Orleans, Philadelphia and even the Virg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Alphonso Jackson and His Wife Know a Lot of People, Sounds Like

    It's probably a safe bet that former president and CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority, Alphonso Jackson, wishes he'd never given that April 2006 speech in Dallas, during which he said, "If you have a problem with the president," you won't get a contract with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Whirlpool's Going to Clean Up Frazier Courts

    A couple of years back, home appliance maker Whirlpool started working with Habitat for Humanity, promising by 2011 to put either money or, say, a washing machine in every house HfH built -- around the world, no kiddin'. Till then it's sponsoring, through a project called Building Blocks, Habitat co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007

    Don Hill's Open Letter to You

    Don Hill wants you to know that he isn't supporting Ed Oakley or Tom Leppert in their bids to become Your Next Mayor. Not supporting them yet, that is. He might pick someone to endorse, if either Oakley or Leppert believes as Don Hill believes. And what does Don Hill believe, besides the fact that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007
  • News

    January 4, 2007

    From the Ground Up

    Central Dallas Ministries helps the poor find their own bootstraps

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2006

    Girl on Top on Stage

    Yes, this may indeed be a case of blogrolling, as we link back to a page that links to Unfair Park, but it's worth it. Because, you see, I can't think of a better way to end this year than by sending you to Cindy Chaffin's The Fine Line, where today Cindy has posted some video of our own Girl on Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006

    Gone to Hell

    Brian Harkin The Herrling Court Apartments in Fair Park have been abandoned for years, and rather than tear it down, the city keeps paying to board up the windows. There's also two years' worth of litigation. None of that's cheap. Janet Spugnardi is a lawyer in the code compliance section of the Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2006

    Action Jackson

    Alphonso Jackson, former Dallas Housing Authority chief, came back to town and got himself in trouble. The Dallas Business Journal's May 5 story about U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson's April 28 speech in Dallas is turning into one hell of a piece. Turns out Jackson's "a ... More >>

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    After the Flood

    Plus: Still Living, Wrist Slap, We Screwed Up

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Where He Belongs

    Plus: Would-be Savior, Big-boy Toy, Housing Heist

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Locked In

    Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    Dubya, We Knew You When...

    With a homeboy headed for the White House, a handful of his Dallas pals have hopes of making their mark on Washington

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Damaged goods

    What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Poor vs. poorer

    Plans for an expanded Roseland Homes spark a protest in a working-class neighborhood near Cityplace

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Gutless coup

    Everybody's talking about a takeover at DISD, but nobody wants to do anything about it

  • News

    October 3, 1996

    Last in the Class

    Why nobody will erase the board at Wilmer-Hutchins, the worst-run school district in Texas

  • News

    August 10, 1995

    Blood sport

    There are two to blame for the Kirk-Fielding feud

  • More >>