Friday, December 14, 2007


From Audrey who works for Bill Quigley over at the Loyola Law Clinic:
This the Times-Picayune article about today's court victory. We will keep everyone posted. We think that it is very important to have a full house at the city council hearing on demolition. we expect that to be Thursday (12/20/2007), but will know for sure by this evening. I will let everyone know as soon as the date and time are confirmed.

Faith Leaders and public housing residents, including Bishop Jenkins, Episcopal Bishop for Southeast LA, will be holding a prayer vigil today outside of Lafitte housing development.
Please join us in praying for the right to return for all New Orleanians during this Advent season.
a service of the Loyola Law Clinic

HANO halts demolition plans at three public housing sites
by Times-Picayune staff writer
Friday December 14, 2007, 11:31 AMSusan FinchStaff writer

The Housing Authority of New Orleans agreed in court today not to demolish the C.J. Peete, Lafitte or St. Bernard public housing developments unless the New Orleans City Council approves permits for the work. The agreement allows HANO to proceed with demolition work, approved in November 2003 by the City Council, at the B.W. Cooper housing development.

Officials with the housing authority and attorneys for demolition opponents, who sued HANO Thursday to stop tear-downs at C.J. Peete, Lafitte and St. Bernard, reached the accommodation after meeting privately with Civil District Court Judge Herbert Cade, who said he would sign an order later today approving the deal.

Plaintiffs argued that the City Council had to approve demolition work at the three housing complexes. HANO had not secured that approval for the three demolition projects.

Attorney Tracie Washington, representing the plaintiffs, said HANO's willingness to halt demolition work pending a City Council review is a first: "We have never (before) been able to get a court to order a stop to demolition."

The City Council is expected to address the demolition matter next week.

The agreement says that any party to the agreement, if dissatisfied, can return to court to seek a modification.


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