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SBA Offers Help to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

If you’re a homeowner, renter or business owner facing the overwhelming task of cleaning up water-logged debris and starting over again, the Small Business Administration has five steps to help you recover.

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New Senior Living Community Slated for College Station, TX

Plans for the yet-to-be named community initially include 72 independent living condo-style flats, 24 assisted living apartments and 18 memory support suites, with room for future expansion.

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Houston Developer Marks Opening of New Community

Houston, TX-based Trendmaker Development is celebrating the grand opening of The Reserve at Clear Lake City, a new home community located in the thriving Clear Lake City area of Houston in Harris County.

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Austin Planners Honored for Unique Redevelopment Plan

“The city of Austin has developed a plan for progress,” says HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “It transforms an unused municipal space into an asset that will provide local residents with employment, entrepreneurial and housing opportunities for generations to come."

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HUD Appears to Retreat on Its Dallas Demands

The Department of Housing & Urban Development is backing away from a previous demand to require Dallas, TX to pay two low-income housing developers $40 million cash or do a $120 million deal with them for ostensibly shutting the developers out a proposed low-income housing project in the city’s continuing restoration of its downtown area.

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Tax Credits OK’d for 5,400 Texas Housing Units

The Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs awards $60.1 million in low income housing tax credits to developers building or renovating 65 affordable rental properties.

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Fort Worth's Future Foretold in 10-Year Strategic Plan

Community development nonprofit Downtown Fort Worth Inc. has released a draft version of a 10-year strategic plan for downtown Fort Worth, TX that focuses on millennial workers' preferences for walkable, mixed-use urban areas.

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Texas Moves Forward on Controversial Parkway Plan

The Oak Hill "Y," a planned six-lane elevated toll road, has been in the works in some form for more than 20 years, but environmental activists concerned about the construction's impact on nearby creek and oak trees, have fought its construction, calling instead for creation of a ground-level parkway.

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Texas Judge Upholds TransCanada's Eminent Domain Claim

A Beaumont, TX judge rules TransCanada has the right to take possession of land from Jefferson County property owners for a leg of its Keystone XL pipeline through the process of eminent domain.

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USDA Infrastructure Program to Favor Neediest Colonias

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is changing the priority points system for applications in its Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program to favor the neediest colonias. USDA's program finances improvements in colonias -- those areas along the U.S.-Mexico border that lack adeq...

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