NEW ORLEANS – Friday, July 31, 2020 – Early voting is underway for the Municipal General election in Louisiana. In New Orleans, the August 15th ballot includes the runoff for Judge 1st City Court. Since this judge will preside over evictions, The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) has released a scorecard ranking the candidates on affordable housing issues.
The CARES Act eviction moratorium ended last week. With unemployment benefits set to decrease and housing resources scarce, community advocates predict that an avalanche of evictions will hit just a few days before the 15th anniversary of Katrina. With so many more families now vulnerable to housing insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that political candidates are knowledgeable, fair and will #PutHousingFirst.
While GNOHA does not officially endorse any political candidates, the #PutHousingFirst Scorecard is an indicator of a candidate’s concern, or lack thereof, about affordable housing. We encourage voters to consider the scorecard as they go to the polls for early voting and on Election Day. Early voting started July 25th and goes through August 8th (Except Sundays). Election Day is Saturday, August 15th, 2020.
Since its creation in 2007, GNOHA has sought to create change in the Greater New Orleans community through public policy advocacy and public education. The collaborative advocates for the preservation and production of affordable housing for people within the Greater New Orleans metropolitan region and places a special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable in society – seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, low-wage workers and low-income families.