Cathy Galindo, 60, right, sits on her sofa as her great-granddaughter Nevaeh, 5, plays in her apartment at Alazan-Apache Courts, which isn’t air conditioned.
EN-Depth is weekly interview podcast with journalists from the San Antonio Express-News. EN-Depth is produced by Joy-Marie Scott and Chance Dorland.
Investigative reporter Marina Starleaf Riker surveyed Texas public housing authorities that manage more than 250 units. The findings: At least 7,400 apartments subsidized by federal tax dollars aren’t equipped with air conditioning, including almost 2,400 in San Antonio, about 40 percent of the total.
That figure does not include units controlled by small housing authorities, privately managed apartments that receive federal assistance or units that tenants rent using Section 8 vouchers. HUD does not require that air conditioning be provided in any of those programs.
In the latest episode of EN-Depth, Riker elaborates on San Antonio’s unique history with public housing, current limitations and a new partnership between State Rep. Diego Bernal and local philanthropist Gordon Hartman.
On ExpressNews.com: ‘I suffered the whole year’: Thousands of San Antonio public housing units lack air conditioning