[This is the travesty of the “politicization” of affordable housing in Texas – read the following stories in the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Observer. Very sad.]
Dallas Morning News —
Editorial: State housing board fixes a problem it created
Members of the state board that approves government subsidies for low-income housing projects did a disservice to Dallas by hastily favoring tax credits in October for a less-deserving apartment project near Love Field over a more worthy one in South Dallas. The board, facing a barrage of criticism for its initial decision, corrected the mistake Tuesday by reversing itself and revoking the credits.
The action restarts the application process, enabling the South Dallas project and others to apply for federal money later this year.
As a general principle, this newspaper supports efforts to disperse low-income housing across the city rather than concentrate it in already low-income areas. But all projects — regardless of location — must meet certain standards to qualify for subsidy, and it seems clear in this case that the Champions of Copperridge project near Love Field fell short.
When the board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs voted last fall to grant multimillion-dollar tax-credit subsidies to Copperridge it effectively removed a more worthy project in South Dallas from eligibility. That project, proposed by the nonprofit Frazier Revitalization Inc., is Hatcher Square.
Dallas Observer —
The Morning News slimed the developer who exposed City Hall corruption and threw its support behind a rival.