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  • The 2021 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston 

    Sherman, Stephen Averill; Park, John; Guajardo, Luis; Shelton, Kyle; Lessans, Jenna; (2021)
    The 2021 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston uses a range of indicators to track the challenges, opportunities and trends in the region's housing system.
  • The Fortieth Year of the Kinder Houston Area Survey: Into the Post-Pandemic Future 

    Klineberg, Stephen; Bozick, Robert; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2021)
    For the past four decades, Rice University's Kinder Houston Area Survey (KHAS) has been tracking systematically the continuities and changes in the attitudes and beliefs, opinions, and experiences of Harris County residents. More than 48,000 area residents have been interviewed, and the surveys have revealed important shifts in perspectives during ...
  • Annual Report 2020 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2021)
    In 2020, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research celebrated its 10th anniversary. COVID-19 and a renewed concern over racial injustice would dominate the year, and the institute pivoted its research and events in accordance.
  • Re-Taking Stock: Understanding How Trends in the Housing Stock and Gentrification are connected in Houston and Harris County 

    Park, John; Guajardo, Luis; Shelton, Kyle; Sherman, Steve; Fulton, William (2021)
    Understanding how housing development reshapes communities is essential to discussions about redevelopment and providing residents with access to safe and affordable homes. While new development can mean improved housing conditions, increased supply and shifting home prices, it can also acutely affect communities with older homes and long-term residents ...
  • Texas Metropolitan Blueprint: A Policy Agenda to Secure the Competitiveness and Prosperity of Texas 

    Clark, Cullum; Fulton, William; Pedigo, Steven; Shelton, Kyle (2021)
    Texas is a metropolitan state. It needs a metropolitan policy agenda. Metropolitan regions are home to 9 in 10 Texans, and they are the state’s economic engines. They need a slate of policies that improves the quality of life for all their residents—and at the same time drives their competitiveness. This Texas Metropolitan Blueprint lays out ...
  • A Bottom-Up Infrastructure Strategy for American Renewal 

    Cisneros, Henry G.; Fulton, William; Clark, J.H. Cullum; Hendricks, David; Davis, Victoria; (2021)
    As the United States emerges from the pandemic, it is clear that the nation faces a number of major challenges. This report and an accompanying interactive map explore the infrastructure priorities identified by local and regional leaders around the nation. The report also outlines an unconventional bottom-up approach to improvements.
  • Who's Policing the Police?: A Comparison of the Civilian Agencies that Perform Oversight of Police in Texas' Five Largest Cities 

    Sherman, Stephen Averill; Fulton, William (2020)
    This report analyzes the civilian agencies that perform oversight of police in Texas' five largest cities: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth. These five cities' oversight agencies have different mandates, responsibilities and investigative powers, as well as different relationships to the general public and disclosure requirements. ...
  • Annual Report 2017 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2018)
    In 2017, close to two dozen research reports were released, focusing on a wide range of policy concerns including Hurricane Harvey, resilience, gentrification, affordable housing and transportation.
  • Annual Report 2018 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2019)
    In 2018, while Hurricane Harvey continued to influence many Kinder Institute studies, the institute narrowed its focus to six key issues, including demographics, education, transportation, housing, governance and post-Harvey resiliency.
  • The 2020 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston 

    Shelton, Kyle; Park, John; Villegas, Carlos; Guajardo, Luis; Servidio, Chris; (2020)
    The Kinder Institute's inaugural State of Housing in Harris County and Houston report provides a consistent and accessible baseline of information about housing-related issues to all Houstonians. This report will be updated annually to track shifts in how the housing system in our region is changing. The Kinder Institute will provide an updated report ...
  • The Urban Sun Belt: An Overview 

    Fulton, William; Hazle, Shelly G.; Choudary, Wendie; Sherman, Stephen (2020)
    This paper focuses on the 22 metropolitan statistical areas in the Sun Belt with a population of 1 million people or more. Together, they accounted for almost half of all population growth in the entire United States between 2010 and 2016. Overall, the combination of growing income inequality, rising housing costs, segregation and the automobile-centric ...
  • Troubled Fiscal Times: A Comparison of Revenue Sources and Service Levels for Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio 

    Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Shelton, Kyle; Griffin, Ben; Bise, Carson (2020)
    This report examines the revenue structure and service levels for Texas' three largest cities: Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. The intent is to understand the differences in the cities’ revenue structures — and whether any one of the three is unusually constrained — while at the same time seeking to understand how their revenue is used to provide ...
  • The 2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey 

    Klineberg, Stephen L.; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2020)
    For close to four decades, the Kinder Houston Area Survey has been tracking the changing attitudes and experiences of Houstonians.
  • Annual Report 2019 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2020)
    In 2019, the Kinder Institute helped shape critical conversations on important urban issues including the use of federal housing vouchers, barriers for small manufacturers and the benefits of arts education. The institute also served as the strategic research partner for Understanding Houston, Greater Houston Community Foundation's regional indicators ...
  • Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston 

    Kinder Institute for Urban Research; LINK Houston (2020)
    "Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston" examines where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation presently co-exist. This report provides policy recommendations to help government and nongovernment stakeholders in the City of Houston address affordability issues in the region. This report also aims to ...
  • Already vulnerable neighborhoods are hardest hit by COVID-19 job losses 

    An interactive dashboard created by the Kinder Institute’s Houston Community Data Connections shows job-loss estimates in each Harris County community. The numbers can be further broken down by industry and neighborhood. Many of the areas impacted most by the economic downturn are home to low-income renters, the working poor and single-parent households.
  • Staying at home may have saved 4,533 lives in Harris County so far 

    Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming; Wang, Katie (2020)
    Based on epidemiologists’ COVID-19 models, the Kinder Institute's Houston Community Data Connections Team estimated the number of hospitalizations and deaths that can be prevented in Harris County between March 24 and June by collective adherence to the city of Houston's and Harris County's stay-at-home orders.
  • Neighborhood Voices: Using Community Engagement to Address Transportation, Infrastructure and Safety Concerns in Near Northside, Houston 

    Nostikasari, Dian; Haile, Gelila; Shelton, Kyle (2020)
    Over the span of 11 months, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research collaborated with various community partners such as LINK Houston, BakerRipley and the University of Houston's Psychological Health and Learning Sciences department to conduct a two-part assessment of the Near Northside neighborhood. This effort mirrors one conducted by the Kinder ...
  • Near Northside: Safer Streets, Safer Communities 

    Nostikasari, Dian; Haile, Gelila; Shelton, Kyle (2020)
    The Near Northside is a historic neighborhood in the heart of Houston. A seemingly ideal area for active living, the community has numerous community assets, commercial hubs, schools and homes within walking or biking distance of one another. However, because of lacking infrastructure for pedestrians and people on bikes, safely traveling between these ...
  • Community Resilience Initiatives: Building Stronger Neighborhoods in Houston 

    Servidio, Chris; Shelton, Kyle; Nostikasari, Dian (2020)
    This report spotlights the work taking place in the five pilot Complete Communities to build community resilience. By documenting the processes surrounding these key community initiatives, this report identifies best practices that should underpin future work in Houston neighborhoods. Further, it documents how these efforts connect directly to the ...

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