I remember as if it were yesterday. Public housing residents in the City of New Orleans expressed outrage during the debate over whether to close four of the city’s largest public housing developments after they were severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. HUD proposed rebuilding better, brighter affordable housing for New Orleans families. It’s been a long, hard road but new, improved housing is back in New Orleans. Read all about it in USA Today.
While the affordable housing featured in this story is not part of the “big four” redevelopment that’s currently underway, it does illustrate how the new mixed-income affordable housing model can replace the outdated, crime-ridden developments that once existed in New Orleans. As we approach the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, public housing families who are living in this new community can celebrate a new beginning. The USA Today got it right…it is “a fresh model for housing the poor.”