NEW ORLEANS – Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – The HousingNOLA Semi-Annual Report, which tracks how many affordable housing opportunities are being created in New Orleans, shows city and state leaders are not delivering on their commitments to provide affordable housing. The report confirms city and state housing agencies are failing to abide by the HousingNOLA 10-Year Plan, which calls for 33,600 additional affordable units in the city by the year 2025.
The Semi-Annual Report is put together from data gathered from city and state housing agencies and is released mid-way through the HousingNOLA reporting cycle. This year, the Office of Community Development refused to comply with HousingNOLA’s public records request for “the number of housing opportunities created by the City of New Orleans.”
“We weren’t asking for anything new,” states Andreanecia Morris, HousingNOLA Executive Director. “We requested information we have been given in the past. However, this time, we were told that the City isn’t required to create a report in response to a public records request – which can only mean they are not tracking this information. Why isn’t this information readily available? How can the City not know how many new housing opportunities they’ve created? This tells us they’re not only not tracking it, they’re not trying, either.”
A few key takeaways from the Semi-Annual Report include:
- New Orleans is not stabilizing people through housing, despite the fact that we have enough housing inventory to do so.
- The number of affordable housing units has barely changed, while the need in New Orleans has grown. However, there have been no meaningful gains made in the number affordable housing units being created.
- COVID-19 rental assistance is not getting into the hands of renters fast enough and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 are still waiting on any kind of assistance.
ABOUT HOUSING NOLA:
HousingNOLA is a 10-year partnership between the community, leaders, and dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis by implementing the 10-Year Strategy and Implementation Plan. Rather than just being a written document, HousingNOLA is an ongoing initiative to collectively remind New Orleans and its elected officials of the issues we face and our pledge to maintain a plan of action. Data indicates the need for 33,600 additional affordable units in the city by 2025 and the data clearly shows that wages have not come close to mirroring the dramatic rise in housing costs. It’s our job to hold our leaders accountable to the recommendations we make in HousingNOLA.
Learn more at www.HousingNOLA.org