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The San Antonio Housing Authority, which received $5.7 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, says it's taking additional steps to support public housing residents struggling financially due to COVID-19 economic fallout.


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As San Antonio’s real estate boom continues, finding affordable housing can be a challenge, especially in neighborhoods on the east side where entire streets are becoming gentrified.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Housing Authority won $100,000 from the National Science Foundation and internet company Mozilla for its low-cost solution to connecting residents to the internet, the company best known for its Firefox browser, announced Tuesday.

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On this episode of "Fronteras":

  • A mixed-race German woman makes a shocking discovery: she is the granddaughter of a Nazi (0:14).
  • A distressed San Antonio neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth through housing and art (14:40).

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Rapid growth and development is changing the livelihood in Texas, especially San Antonio, which is expecting at least 1 million more residents by 2040

Paul Flahive

The San Antonio Housing Authority cut the ribbon Friday on what it is billing as the largest reconstruction effort on the city's west side in a decade.


SAHA opened five single family homes starting in price around $125,000 and boasting dozens of energy efficient features, including Energy Star-rated appliances, green building materials, and sealed ventilation systems.


One in four San Antonio households do not have access to the internet.

Low-income and rural communities are more prone to suffer from the "digital divide" — a disparity in access to technology and the internet — which exacerbates economic, social and political imbalances.

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The San Antonio Housing Authority unanimously chose David Nisivoccia to be its new president and CEO in December 2016. While he has been leading SAHA in an interim capacity since March 2015,  the position as head of the state's largest public housing authority is now secured.

San Antonio Housing Authority

After 15 years, the Mirasol housing development still sits on the city's Westside. Once much ballyhooed, the run-down neighborhood full of boarded and abandoned houses waits for the ominous rumble of excavators and other earth movers. But, when that might be is still in question.

The houses were plagued with problems from the beginning, from poorly designed houses without back doors to shoddy materials and cabinetry, to serious issues with foundations. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council has approved a retroactive ordinance requiring 36 to 48 high rise buildings in the city to retrofit with fire sprinklers. These identified buildings were built before a 1982 ordinance requiring them.  San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the building owners will have 12 years to comply.