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New Orleans Housing Report Card: “F” for Affordable Housing

The New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis has earned the city an “F” on HousingNOLA’s report card once again this year, reports David Jones for Fox 8.

HousingNOLA, which was formed in 2014, is a local coalition of residents and nonprofits dedicated to addressing issues related to the lack of affordable housing in the city. The group released a 10-year plan, which involves public and private organizations and community leaders working together to solve the city’s housing crisis.

HousingNOLA’s executive director said the city hasn’t “taken the basic steps to create more affordable housing in New Orleans,” pointing to the many vacant and dilapidated properties in the city. “Calling New Orleans a ‘non-functioning market’ due to the plentiful supply of vacant residential units and run-down properties but high housing costs, Morris said the lack of affordable housing in the city has ripple effects on everything from homelessness to crime to Louisiana’s ongoing insurance crisis.”

City Council will soon pass an ordinance that would strengthen enforcement of tenant protection laws that prohibit landlords from letting poor conditions escalate. “The legislation would also require the basic essentials for a property to be licensed, including running water, air conditioning, properly maintained electrical systems, water heaters, adequate roofs and walls and pest control. “