Texas House of Representatives Committee on Urban Affairs met in Brownsville to hear testimony on affordable housing for urban and rural areas across the state.
Lawmakers examined whether existing housing programs are addressing the needs for the affordable housing.
“We’re the only state in the country that requires political support for a development before it’s done and there’s some problems with that,” said Bobby Bowling, Home Developer from El Paso.
“It limits us as developers and it puts politics in the mix where it really shouldn’t be,” Bowling said.
“The real formula should be where is housing needed around the state how can it be provided in an efficient manner where the taxpayers to get their proper bang for the buck,” he said. “Good quality housing is built not whether you have relationships with politicians and whether you can get a letter of support from them.”
The lawmakers will also evaluate needs associated with migrant labor housing facilities.