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New website helps people seal their criminal record in Harris County

By Jeff Reichman / August 19, 2021 / Comments Off on New website helps people seal their criminal record in Harris County

In Texas, every criminal conviction has collateral consequences. For example, if you’re convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote during incarceration, probation, or parole. Texas has over 1,400 collateral consequences. You can explore them for yourself at the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction database. But these consequences aren’t just for…

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Only 13% of defendants invoked the CDC eviction moratorium in Harris County

By Jeff Reichman / August 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Only 13% of defendants invoked the CDC eviction moratorium in Harris County

The CDC eviction moratorium was supposed to prevent evictions. When the CDC first announced the moratorium in September 2020, a CNN headline shouted Evictions Are Halted, noting that it “covered most renters across the US.” The moratorium lasted almost eleven months. During that time, we found 3,289 cases where the policy delayed or prevented an…

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The Story of Kuukibot and Air Quality in Houston

By Jeff Reichman / August 6, 2021 / Comments Off on The Story of Kuukibot and Air Quality in Houston

Poor air quality is a problem for Houston, and it’s been that way for decades. The region accounts for 42% of the country’s base petrochemical capacity. Refining oil is a dirty business. It involves processing chemicals and generating toxic byproducts. A lot of this work takes place around the Houston Ship Channel, which is the…

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First Results of the CDC Eviction Moratorium in Houston

By Jeff Reichman / February 8, 2021 / Comments Off on First Results of the CDC Eviction Moratorium in Houston

The CDC eviction moratorium is the main federal policy to reduce housing displacement during the pandemic. It took effect on September 4, 2020 and remains authorized through the end of March 2021. When applied, the moratorium can be a powerful force to pause an eviction. The criteria to qualify are pretty broad. Landlords must make…

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Map of Bills Filed by the 87th Texas Legislature (2021)

By Jeff Reichman / November 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Map of Bills Filed by the 87th Texas Legislature (2021)

The Texas Legislature doesn’t meet very often. When it does, a lot can happen in a short period of time. We have to live with the results. It’s a policy pressure cooker. Today, members of the Texas House and Senate began filing bills. The lege website makes it easy to see the bills filed every…

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Evictions in Houston: Two Months Into COVID-19

By Jeff Reichman / May 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Evictions in Houston: Two Months Into COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court put a temporary stay on eviction proceedings across the state. That temporary stay expires today, and there are no indictions that it will be extended. While this stay prevented nearly all evictions during this two month period, it allowed landlords to continue filing eviction cases. This means…

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Webinar: 20 Years of Evictions in Houston and Harris County

By Jeff Reichman / March 31, 2020 / Comments Off on Webinar: 20 Years of Evictions in Houston and Harris County

Earlier in March, as the COVID-19 public health crisis was starting to unfold in the United States, we released our study of twenty years of evictions in Houston in Harris County. This study examined some of the basic metrics in eviction court records, such as the number of cases filed, the number of judgments in…

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Why Houston Should Care About Evictions

By Jeff Reichman / March 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Why Houston Should Care About Evictions

In 2016, Harris County had more evictions than anywhere else – surpassing New York City by almost 4,000 evictions.

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Understanding the Property Tax Protest Industry of Houston

By Jeff Reichman / December 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Understanding the Property Tax Protest Industry of Houston

It’s a tough time of year for homeowners in Houston. In November, a letter arrives from the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector with next year’s property tax bill. Some people pay their taxes every month with their mortgage. Others, like me, end up writing a big check in January. But there’s some relief. The Harris County…

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Houston’s Housing Restrictions for People on Parole

By Jeff Reichman / June 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Houston’s Housing Restrictions for People on Parole

Last year, the City of Houston passed an ordinance that regulated certain types of housing for people on parole. This ordinance includes regulations to promote safety, but it also includes a distance requirement that effectively prohibits new housing. Houston already lacks enough housing for people on parole, and this distance requirement only compounds the problem.…

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