A recent Star-Telegram video shows residents opposing an affordable housing proposal in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas.
Located near Arlington, the small community is described as “a rural oasis in the heart of the metroplex” on its website.
The NRP Group, which has built 11 residential communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, had proposed developing a 116-unit low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) project in Dalworthington Gardens. However, city officials rejected a resolution that would have helped the developers obtain the housing credits. The video shows residents fighting the housing, citing concerns about rising crime and others changes to their community.
What's significant is the proposal comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s recent disparate impact ruling and a push to develop affordable housing in “high-opportunity” neighborhoods like Dalworthington Gardens, areas that likely have high incomes, good schools, and low crime.
While fair housing advocates and state LIHTC agencies have good reasons to want to steer new projects to high-opportunity neighborhoods, it’s going to be a tough fight for affordable housing developers to build in these communities, many of which have little or no affordable housing.
Click on the link below to read the Star-Telegram article. And, let us know if you've had similar experiences in trying to build in high-opportunity neighborhoods.