Brownsville housing plan created as population grows
"Brownsville has been growing and has been growing exponentially," said. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Zuleika Morales-Romero.
From 2010 to 2018, the population of Brownsville has increased by 7.8 percent.
And that number is only expected to rise.
"It is projected to increase an additional 5.1 percent by year 2022 for an estimated population of 202,488,” said Housing Authority of Brownsville Executive Carla Mancha.
This past spring, in preparation for the projected need for housing, the Brownsville City Commission passed a resolution to support the creation of the Brownsville Comprehensive Housing Plan.
"But the efforts don't stop here. We're at the table to ensure that the framework is established to guide and meet the housing needs for the community for at least the next decade," said Director of Brownsville Grant Management and Community Development Marina Zolezzi.
Based on the research done by Brownsville representatives, by the year 2030, the city will be home to an additional 10,000 households.
"This will equate to a one billion dollar investment directly injected into our economy," Mancha said.
"And when there's high demand on housing, what happens is that the price starts going up," said Morales-Romero.
It's housing and urban development's mission to ensure affordable housing.
In order to be ready, the Housing Authority of Brownsville, Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, the city and Cameron County said they need to have the Comprehensive Housing Plan completed by 2020.