San Antonio officials say demolition orders are a tool of last resort—yet issue them far more often than every other major city in the state combined.
As housing prices skyrocket in Texas, desperate buyers will try anything to stand out. But experts say the implications are troubling.
Despite federal protections aimed at preventing eviction, thousands of tenants in Texas have been unable to use them to keep their homes.
As the unhoused population grows, cities like Austin turn to legalized camps, where community and calamity collide.
“What they want is to push us back to where they don’t see us anymore.”
Screened out by automated background checks, tenants who face eviction can be denied housing for years to come.
Cities have spent three decades criminalizing homelessness. Last year, Austin bucked the trend—and sparked a firestorm that still hasn’t gone out.
Five years ago, facing significant rent increases and, in some cases, eviction, residents at the North Lamar Mobile Home Park organized. Now, they own the park.
The homeless are 11 times more likely to be incarcerated than the rest of the population.
San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public housing project, threatening the future of a deeply historic neighborhood—one that anchors the city’s identity as the nation’s Mexican American capital.