The Texas Houser Academy
By John Henneberger
June 16, 2022
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The Texas Houser Academy
John Henneberger

This is A Little Louder, a podcast for wonks housers, and rabble-rousers where we talk about fair housing, community development and how we can use these issues to build people power and work toward equity and justice.

I'm John Henneberger.

Our homes are one of the most important things in our lives yet too many Texans live with a chronic long-term housing affordability crisis.

Most people don't understand the causes of their housing problems and don't have a say in public policies that determine who gets access to a good home and who doesn't. At Texas Housers we're focused on helping folks whose grip on a home is tenuous to understand how housing policy is made and how they can speak out and have an impact.

One of the ways we do this is through our Texas Houser Academy.

I'm joined today on A Little Louder by Texas Houser, educator, Riley Metcalf, who facilitates the Texas Houser Academy.

Welcome Riley.

Riley Metcalf

Thanks, John, I'm happy to be on to talk about the Houser Academy.

John Henneberger

Riley, start us off by talking a little bit about, your background. Where, where do you come from to do this work?

Riley Metcalf

Sure. So I've, I come from a kind of a mix of, educational and professional backgrounds to get here. I went to graduate school for urban planning. And then I worked as a city planner for the cities of Borne and San Antonio, for a couple of years, but wound up, not really finding that very fulfilling.