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Katrina five years later: Housing woes (Public "Affordable/Free" Housing)
www.fox10tv.com ^ | Monday, 23 Aug 2010, 10:13 PM CDT | Matt Barrentine

Posted on 08/24/2010 6:28:46 AM PDT by TSgt

NEW ORLEANS (WALA) - THE BIG EASY'S BIG DILEMMA

Some say you can never go home. Sadly in the five years since Hurricane Katrina that saying has been true for more than 100,000 people in New Orleans. Affordable housing continues to be one of the most contentious issues facing the Big Easy.

Even in the days after Katrina, as people were plucked from roofs, there was little doubt that it would take many years to rebuild New Orleans. But the reality of five years later is that many people haven't been able to return.

They've been left behind as the Big Easy transitions into a post-Katrina future, but they are trying to be heard. There probably aren't many cities in the U.S. where a meeting of the housing authority is packed. But this is New Orleans, a city facing a housing crisis like no other, pitting developers against the communities they're rebuilding. Reverend Lionel Davis Sr. is fighting for the people of his community.

"Many of the communities are going to suffer major changes as far as being identified as a traditional neighborhood that you grew up in," Davis said.

TOO FEW AND TOO EXPENSIVE

Reverend Davis says developers are building mixed use, mixed income properties on the sites of the old developments destroyed by Katrina and they are pricing out thousands of people who want to return. The reverend calls it nothing short of a land grab.

The new communities that are being built, like Columbia Parc in St. Bernard parish, are quite nice, but what folks are saying is they're not building enough. Columbia Parc, will eventually house 700 families. It replaces housing units where 1,500 families once lived. Resident Cantrelle Pichon says the lack of affordable housing has scattered nearly everyone she knows.

"It's a really sad story that people can't come back to their community that they were born," Pichon said. "Where their children were born."

AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEEDED FOR RECOVERY

Reverend Davis says for people to return they need the subsidized housing to get back on their feet, especially since there are few jobs, but what he's seeing is lower-income African-Americans being priced out of the communities where they grew up.

"Without a lot of community activist involvement, it's going to be a depression in the mindset of the people who are going to feel as though it was only an opportunity to deal with de-gentrification of a population of people," Davis said.

Reverend Davis says with community involvement and time, the situation can be improved

"The projections are it's going to get better. The question is how long will the people have to wait? To have something they can afford and have neighborhoods they want to come back to," Davis said.

Currently, more than 5,000 families are on the waiting list for traditional public housing. Another 30,000 families are on the list for housing vouchers.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Louisiana
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America has historic low interest rates and low home values/prices yet there is not enough affordable housing?

Oh' wait! Reverend Davis means FREE housing!

The sense of entitlement is appalling especially after their Katrina FEMA handout.

Let them live in a tent city, I'm tired of paying for the parasites.

1 posted on 08/24/2010 6:28:48 AM PDT by TSgt
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To: TSgt

Haiti on the Big Muddy.


2 posted on 08/24/2010 6:31:04 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: TSgt

what happens when the people rely upon government to solve their problems...


3 posted on 08/24/2010 6:31:21 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: TSgt

Sounds like fantastic news for New Orleans. Fewer leeches is good for everyone all around.


4 posted on 08/24/2010 6:31:58 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: TSgt

Stay in school, learn some skills, stay out of gangs, don’t do drugs, marry the woman before you get her pregnant and then you will be able to find “affordable housing.”


5 posted on 08/24/2010 6:33:17 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (If Hayek were still alive, he'd be turning over in his grave.)
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To: TSgt
but what folks are saying is they're not building enough.

Then buy yourself a piece of land and build all the houses you want to build!!!!!

6 posted on 08/24/2010 6:34:14 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: All

Katrina was a failure of the governed as much as it was a failure of the government...


7 posted on 08/24/2010 6:37:29 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Peter from Rutland

“Sounds like fantastic news for New Orleans. Fewer leeches is good for everyone all around.”

Bad news for other Southern cities where the leeches from NO are now permanently attatched to our tax dollars and birthing ever increasing litters.


8 posted on 08/24/2010 6:38:35 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Peter from Rutland
Sounds like fantastic news for New Orleans

Terrible news for Houston.

9 posted on 08/24/2010 6:39:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TSgt
for people to return they need the subsidized housing to get back on their feet, especially since there are few jobs

Housing you can't afford and no job.... Productive members of society would not consider moving to such a location.

10 posted on 08/24/2010 6:40:16 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: Peter from Rutland

Actually, the “leeches” didn’t all stay in N’awlins’-—Because of them, the crime rate has gone way up in cities like Houston and Austin.


11 posted on 08/24/2010 6:42:03 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: TSgt
During the war, we fire-bombed Tokyo. If you look at Tokyo now, you see a thriving, successful city.

I don't know if it would work, but I propose fire-bombing New Orleans.

12 posted on 08/24/2010 6:42:53 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Peter from Rutland
Sounds like fantastic news for New Orleans. Fewer leeches is good for everyone all around.

Not for us in Houston. Many leeches came here and stayed. We STILL have people living in FEMA trailers. Talk about ridiculous !

New Orleans can have 'em back as far as I'm concerned. But I sure can't see why WE pay for it.

13 posted on 08/24/2010 6:43:10 AM PDT by jimt
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To: TSgt

This sums up Katrina. I am so sick of hearing about Katrina I could, well never mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XivNwQ76mCs


14 posted on 08/24/2010 6:43:41 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: Maverick68

“Katrina was a failure of the governed as much as it was a failure of the government...”

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Indeed, but I would say that it was actually MUCH more of the former than the latter.


15 posted on 08/24/2010 6:46:42 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: junta

We should have never rebuilt the City of New Orleans. The Port of New Orleans is an absolute necessity. The City of New Orleans is an absurdity and needs to go.


16 posted on 08/24/2010 6:48:27 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: TSgt
Well, duhhh. You have old run-down stuff that gets taken out by a natural disaster.

Re-building anything means you're going to have to do it in accordance with new building codes. Designing for wind and floods, including more energy efficient mechanical systems, increasing insulation of the building envelope, including code-legal stairs (they take up more space), etc. Ain't none of it free...

I have never been able to understand why liberals have such a problem with the concept of "cause and effect." Pile on lots of mandatory "you-can-never-be-too-safe" requirements and then wonder why things are too expensive. Go figure...
17 posted on 08/24/2010 6:49:34 AM PDT by BWDog
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To: TSgt
The housing destroyed by the storm was built before all the new building codes that have been put in place by an ever-intrusive government. Every one of those codes adds to the cost of the housing in a development.

It's the same old story. Voters are presented with a quite reasonable proposal to have government take over some troubled aspect of life. The proposal is couched in the most inoffensive and non-intrusive terms. But the ballot wording of the initiative only barely resembles what the voters were told in an effort to garner support for it.

Those who speak out against the proposal are painted by the supporters as cruel, insensitive people who have no compassion for the less fortunate.

The initiative passes and the saga begins. All sorts of things were included that no one realized were there, or the bureaucrats responsible for the program just do what they want, knowing full well it's not in what the citizens consented to, but also knowing they probably won't figure it out. And even if they do, what are they going to do about it. By the time anyone realizes they're being robbed blind so many of the less fortunate are wholly dependent on the government largess that it's impossible to cut the benefits.

I could go on and on with the roots that spread from the initial proposal to what it becomes in 10 years or so.

At some point it becomes “too big to end.”

18 posted on 08/24/2010 6:52:22 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: basil
"... the crime rate has gone way up in cities like Houston and Austin ..."

Couldn't happen to a better pair of liberal h***holes.

19 posted on 08/24/2010 6:54:06 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

>Stay in school, learn some skills, stay out of gangs, don’t do drugs, marry the woman before you get her pregnant and then you will be able to find “affordable housing.”<

Man, that is such a boring, deadbeat life! Who would want to live like that. Not us.


20 posted on 08/24/2010 7:23:12 AM PDT by B4Ranch (America was founded by MARKSMEN, not Marxists.)
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To: TSgt
Reverend Davis says for people to return they need the subsidized housing to get back on their feet, especially since there are few jobs, but what he's seeing is lower-income African-Americans being priced out of the communities where they grew up.

Absolutely Alice in Wonderland! People who want to live in free accomodations without jobs seem to feel that they can choose where they live?! Please, someone, Gov Jindal, Mayor Landrieu, tell these people that this is not the new reality.

21 posted on 08/24/2010 7:25:09 AM PDT by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: camle

Other peoples money ran out.


22 posted on 08/24/2010 8:09:14 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: dfwgator

You have that right.


23 posted on 08/24/2010 8:25:55 AM PDT by Texas56
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To: junta

You got that pegged just right. When you ride into New Orleans it looks like a slum, abandoned houses, etc. Here on the Ms Coast the houses were just sucked out into the gulf, still just lots along the coast drive, far different from New Orleans.....


24 posted on 08/24/2010 8:27:06 AM PDT by gulfcoast6 (GOD IS)
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To: BlueLancer

You’re comments are pretty callous for those of us who have to live in or around Houston and Austin.............we don’t vote liberal, but we must live here anyway.


25 posted on 08/24/2010 8:59:43 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: BlueLancer

You’re comments are pretty callous for those of us who have to live in or around Houston and Austin.............we don’t vote liberal, but we must live here anyway.

Both cities have large Mexican and black populations——


26 posted on 08/24/2010 9:00:47 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: BlueLancer

You’re comments are pretty callous for those of us who have to live in or around Houston and Austin.............we don’t vote liberal, but we must live here anyway.

Both cities have large Mexican and black populations——


27 posted on 08/24/2010 9:01:02 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: gulfcoast6

Did ya get my message? LOL!

Sorry about the triple post—didn’t mean to do that.


28 posted on 08/24/2010 9:03:45 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Vaduz

funny how we spent opver a half million dollars for every man, woman and child on NOLA during the hurricane, and the only response we get from these folks is “it ain’t enough!”.

Bush got it all wrong. he should have gien every family a quarter million dollars, and closed the place down. we would have saved a ton of money, we wouldn’t have the problem of keeping a city below sea level dry, and nobody would be expecting us to shell out even more!


29 posted on 08/24/2010 9:11:30 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Little Ray

Lived there for a year in the Audobon Park area, that was ok, but the rest is third world.


30 posted on 08/24/2010 9:35:24 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: Little Ray

Agreed. And what does he expect? If you build new housing, the price will be higher then the old housing. If they want cheap housing they can move to other areas of the country where there is cheap housing. Why should we subsidize housing for people because they can’t live in the neighborhood they grew up in? That is not a rational argument.

If these people have no jobs it is even easier for them to pick up and find cheaper housing with jobs.

Let the housing market play out in New Orleans. Developers will build there as long as the price is reasonable for them to do so. And the price will be reasonable when demand to live there goes up. If that doesn’t happen then so be it.


31 posted on 08/24/2010 10:30:21 AM PDT by TerP26
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To: junta

One thing I can say for New Orleans. I think they have the best food in the entire country. I’d be sad knowing that Mother’s was gone.


32 posted on 08/24/2010 10:31:54 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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