Where we stay predicts our future. It limits or expands our educational and career opportunities, our circle of friends, our marriage prospects, even our life span. In Houston, where advertised rents can vary from less than $300/monthly for a studio apartment beyond the Sam Houston Tollway in north Houston, to a $65,000,000 listing for an eight bedroom, ten and a half bath estate on nine acres with 24-hour private security at The Lodge at Hunters Creek, near Memorial City, there would seem to be a home for every budget and lifestyle. But these ads offer no relief to the multitudes of homeless citizens. In fact, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development documents African American individuals as having a disproportionately higher incidences of homelessness (40 %) relative to our population (13%) ever since records have been collected. Black families are at even greater risk of being without shelter. In 2020 African Americans accounted for about 52% of that population, with whites accounting for about 35% according to the annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and since then the despair has increased for Blacks even as it has eased for other ethnicities.

 

Poverty is a strong predictor of homelessness. From slavery to segregation, African Americans have been disallowed competitive opportunities. The high rate of homelessness is a result of this inequity. In September this year the average rent for a onebedroom apartment in Houston is about $1300. To afford this, one full-time worker would have to earn $8.13 per hour just to avoid eviction and have no money left to buy food, pay utilities, or obtain other necessities. With evictions increasing (they are higher now than before the pandemic) most landlords require tenants who spend no more than 30% of their income on rent, which limits a full-time minimum wage earner in Texas to dwellings costing less than $400 per month.

 

Although some of the lowest income employees have seen significant raises since 2020, their enhanced pay has not been sufficient to challenge galloping inflation. Capricious incidents such as job loss, chronic or acute poor health, domestic violence, or other emergencies that can quickly precipitate homelessness. Service and hospitality workers, the previously incarcerated, the majority of whom are Black, as well as our Black veterans are most vulnerable to being unhoused, as are those who live with friends or family without being named on a lease. If a partner demands that you leave at 3 a.m. and your name is not on the lease contract, there are no laws protecting your right to remain even if you the one are paying the rent.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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