Houston’s ‘affordability’ at stake: booming housing market pushes out Black and brown residents

Assata Richards has lived in the Third Ward for most her life. But in the past few years, she’s noticed the area southeast of downtown Houston change dramatically. Richards, director of the Sanko/a Research Institute, said the original sense of community in the Third Ward is slowly disappearing with expensive home development and gentrification creeping in. Despite that, she chooses to stay. “I have a Ph.D. I don’t have to live in a 700-square-foot house. But I choose to because I want to live a lifestyle that allows me to contribute to individuals other than those that are directly related to me,” said Richards, a third-generation Third Ward resident. “I believe that my life is rich by living in a neighborhood and a place that has a sense of care and well-being for all.”

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