New Orleans Winter Service Trip Heidi Bramson, Taafoi Kamara, Laura Norris, Jennifer Allard, Michael Oldham, Amber Harris, Genevieve Birkby, Kerry Shannon, Joel Palmer, Anna Dolinsky. We would like to acknowledge:. The MPH Program Office Our faculty sponsor: Dr. Holly Grason
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New Orleans Winter Service TripHeidi Bramson, Taafoi Kamara, Laura Norris, Jennifer Allard, Michael Oldham, Amber Harris, Genevieve Birkby, Kerry Shannon, Joel Palmer, Anna Dolinsky
Dr. Lynn Goldman & Dr. Norma Kanarek
37% to 66% Black
97% of increase descendants of New Orleanians
Return Rate for Black New Orleanians 30%
Lower 9th: 80-85% African-American Home Ownership
Low cost of living:
2nd and 3rd generation homes
20% return rate
Gas and water only turned on in October, 2006
“Do not Bulldoze”
gut homes: $4000.00
Keep yards kept
How do you re-build a city that plans for economic revitalization and both secure the housing rights of residents?
Eminent Domain: Business interests in Industrial Canal.
Mayor Nagin’s 17 member planning commission: 10 powerful business owners, 5 are real estate developers.
-involvement in the demolition process
-flawed inspection process
-many of the homes in 9th ward
1.13.06 – settlement:
-reasonable time period for notice of demolition
-written notification to last known address
-toll-free number for residents to inquire about their home
-Times-Picayune notice for 3 consecutive days and notice on City of New Orleans website
-process for residents to challenge demolition
approx. 5,000 displaced families of “The Big Four” Housing Dvlpts.:
US Dpt. Of Housing and Urban Dvlpt. (HUD)/ Housing Authority of NO (HANO)
Feds delayed move-in date, stopped repairs, and admitted demolition.
mold and structural damage
mixed-income plan for public housing
Vouchers insufficient (utilities)
Mixed-Income history in New Orleans:
built by private developers; not public housing
St. Thomas: 1510 families > 100 families, Wal-mart
demo and rebuild fewer units: $100 mil.+
overhaul: $85 mil.
repair: $20 mil.
demo and rebuild fewer units: $197 mil.
overhaul: $130 mil.
repair: $41 mil.
demo and rebuild fewer units: $221 mil.
overhaul: $135 mil.
850 families > 410; 154 low-income
1400 apts. > 595; 160 low-income
1546 apts.> 410; 154 low-income
723 apts. > 410; 154 low-income
Blanco just asserted support of re-opening public housing where possible
ACORN Ongoing On-line Donation Drive