IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH: STANDING 'WITH' OR 'IN' FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE DISPLACED AND HOMELESS IN NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUE
community reference: sankofa, ya'll
Please do NOT forget that New Orleans Fair Housing had to FILE SUIT in
order to obtain "a reasonable" number of affordable housing units in
the prized "River Gardens" of Wal-Mart community. There are thousands of
people - former public housing residents and OTHER New Orleans natives
- who can NOT afford to rent in the City of New Orleans.
When you hear "A. Stacy Head" say that people are receiving vouchers and
no one is homeless who was a resident of public housing, ask the
question and DO the research to identify the LOCATION, ENVIRONMENT and
COMMUNITY of these scattered sites. Matters such as transportation, child
care, socio-economic and environmental conditions, cultural connections
and access to family and friends are often less than favorable and add
nothing of value to these residents' quality of life or to the
communities, of these scattered sites, in which they live.
The Iberville and the Lafitte projects occupy land that developers have
identified, targeted and attempted to "reclaim" for decades, not
unlike the gentrification that HAS TAKEN PLACE in Algiers Pointe, the
Bywater and in Treme. The buildings are historic and worthy of preservation,
green-friendly renovation, and more immediate occupancy in far less
time and for far less money than complete demolition of buildings that
results in a process that fails to guarantee that the displaced, the
exiled, the WORKING or disabled poor, or the thousands of homeless post
Katrina will have a place in New Orleans to call home.
On a planetary note:
In union there is strength.