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Colonia Housing and Infrastructure is a three-volume series, intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the problems and issues facing colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. Colonias are private property located outside city limits, some in nearby suburbs and others extremely remote. As unincorporated areas, colonias do not have local city governments. For many years the problem of urban water resources and affordable housing for low income families living in colonias along the Texas-Mexico border have remained largely unresolved.
The three volumes address two main pressing needs: gaining access to water and wastewater infrastructure programs, and addressing the massively substandard housing conditions on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border. Together, the volumes contain extensive information detailing the position of colonia areas presented in more than 150 tables and figures of original data not available elsewhere.
Volume 3 contains case studies of the El Cenizo and Sparks colonias. This report examines issues such as the history, environment, employment, income, poverty, work conditions, women in the workforce, and education of school children in these colonias and explores the applicability of several economic and state housing programs to meet their needs. It discusses three broad categories of economic programs that are potential sources of assistance to colonias: (1) general programs which focus on infrastructure problems, but not necessarily on colonia; (2) specific programs which focus on the economic development of the U.S.-Mexico border; and (3) colonia-based programs which are designed to stimulate economic development in colonias. The study also provides an in-depth analysis of the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP), the types of energy sources available to colonias, and the subdivision and platting laws of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
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