The July 8 episode of the Houston Breakdown discusses the recent strain on affordable housing in Houston, plus how many residents are trying out solar power and more news from across the Houston metro.

Housing demand soars as affordability dwindles

An increase in home sale and rental prices have negatively impacted Houston’s affordable housing options, local experts say. Median home sales prices in Harris County jumped by 15.4% between 2020 and 2021, with homes in traditionally affordable areas often seeing the greatest increases.

Shawn Arrajj, one of Community Impact Newspaper's Houston area editors, provides context and discusses possible solutions for the growing affordability gap.

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Missouri City City Council appoints the first members of its ethics commission; Harris County intends to sue Union Pacific Corporation for cancer cluster in creosote treatment facility; Harris County elects Clifford Tatum as elections administrator; and more.