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Colonias Program’s water project providing water to rural residents

Project providing ceramic filters to Texas colonias

posted August 14, 2012
The Colonias Program at the Texas A&M College of Architecture is increasing the availability of potable water to residents of colonias, impoverished communities in the Texas border region, as a partner in the Texas Water Project.
Colonias Program marking 20 years of service to Texas border

Colonias Program marks 20th year

posted January 25, 2012
After two decades focused on improving the quality of life for residents of the impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages, or “colonias,” clumped near population centers on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border, the Texas A&M University Colonias Program is celebrating its achievements.
CHUD promotora graduation noted by valley newspaper

CHUD promotora graduation noted by Valley newspaper

posted August 12, 2011
The Rio Grande Guardian noted the graduation of a cadre of promotoras, community health workers trained by Texas A&M’s Center for Housing and Urban Development, in its Aug. 8 issue. The promotoras can now connect their fellow colonias residents with social services .
CHUD helps expand lunch program to Texas Colonias

CHUD helps expand lunch program to Texas colonias

posted August 9, 2011
In search of Texas locations needing children’s summer lunch programs, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service turned to the Center for Housing and Urban Development for help.
Guisti, Olivares pen chapter in new Latino planning book

Giusti, Olivares’ pen chapter in new Latino planning book

posted August 3, 2011
A new book exploring critical planning issues facing Latino communities includes a chapter about a building technique in Texas colonias by Cecilia Giusti, assistant professor of urban planning at Texas A&M, and Miriam Olivares, an Urban and Regional Science doctoral student.
CNN feature highlights college initiatives in Texas colonias

CNN notes college's efforts in colonias

posted July 8, 2011
A July 7, 2011 CNN story on Texas colonias highlights recent and ongoing efforts led by the College of Architecture aimed at enhancing the quality of life in these impoverished border communities, many of which lack basic necessities such as potable water, electricity and sewer systems.
Lang presents his students’ efforts in colonia to L.A. design gathering

LA designers hear of border studio efforts

posted July 5, 2011
Peter Lang, associate professor of architecture, discussed his border studio initiatives in the Los Lomas colonia at the June 24-26 Dwell on Design conference in L. A. His students developed survival strategies and partnered with colonia residents to improve the border community.
Border studio project enhances quality of life in Texas colonia

Border studio project enhances Los Lomas

posted June 3, 2011
Environmental design students worked alongside residents of Las Lomas, a South Texas colonia, on projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the border community. Colonias leaders asked students to create after-school activities and identify ways to raise funds for community center staffing.