San Antonio issues ‘shocking’ number of orders to demolish homes

The City of San Antonio far surpasses other large Texas cities in issuing orders to vacate and demolish homes, disproportionately impacting low-income people of color and concentrating code enforcement efforts in the near East and West sides, according to a recent report.

While community leaders said the report confirms what they have known for years, the city challenged the report’s key conclusions.

Released by the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, the study found that the cities of Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth issued no more than 16 orders combined between 2015 and 2020. San Antonio issued 626 — nearly 40 times more — during that same period.

Report: San Antonio issues orders to demolish homes at much higher rate than other Texas cities

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