Between 2004 and 2011 renters in New Orleans paying unaffordable housing costs has jumped 11% from 43% to 54% (paying more than 35% of household income on housing)
The national average of renters paying unaffordable housing costs is 44%
Homeowners in New Orleans face a similar burden with 27% paying unaffordable housing costs as compared to 23% nationally (same rate pre-Katrina)
In 2012, the poverty rate in New Orleans is at 27%, as compared to 15%
New Orleans has made gains in housing recovery replacing its traditional housing projects with mixed-income, mixed-use housing, with one of its communities gaining acclaim as a national mixed-income public housing model.
HANO policies prior to 2013 eliminated formerly incarcerated people of any kind from housing and employment opportunities, exacerbating reentry challenges for this population. In 2013, HANO drafted a new policy and is working with community partners to design an implementation plan.
Only 11% of families in the four largest public housing apartments have returned.
In 2010, New Orleans had 43,755 blighted properties. In 2012, the number dropped to 37,500.
The City of New Orleans has demolished 4,000 units since September 2010.
The city vacancy rate was 25% in 2010, the highest in the nation.
Impediments to Fair Housing
Racial disparities exist in home loan denials. White home loan denial rate is 20.7%, African Americans is 37.9% and Hispanics have a denial rate of 26.8%.
Racial disparities exist regardless of income level. Blacks and whites with income levels of $15,000 or less had a denial rate of 68.2% and 57.3% respectively. Black and white applicants with income levels above $75,000 had a denial rate of 25.1% and 10.6% respectively.
Denial rate disparities also exist between women and men, with female head of household denial rates 6.9 percentage points higher than male head of household.
The top five impediments to fair housing cited in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair were lack of available, accessible and affordable housing; discrimination in the rental markets especially on the basis of color; lack of understanding of tenant rights and landlord responsibilities; lack of education and outreach efforts pertaining to fair housing; insufficient and availability of information especially on government web sites.
The Point in Time Homeless Count in the New Orleans Metro area is 6,687.
61% of the metro area’s homeless (4,087) are chronically homeless.
79% of homeless people in the New Orleans Metro are disabled.
The majority of homeless in New Orleans are living in abandoned buildings.
55% of the areas homeless are between 44-51 years of age.
Three key factors to increased homelessness in New Orleans is the loss of housing, rental rates at 47% higher than pre-Katrina levels and damaged healthcare infrastructure (impacting the physically and mentally disabled)
15% of the street homeless population are Veterans.
Housing Rehabilitation & Climate Justice
Since 2010, City partnerships with community-based organization have resulted in the rebuilding of 520 homes in New Orleans.
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 has released $27 million to build 469 new housing units, 88% of which have been completed, sold or rented.
The Road Home- Homeowner Assistance Program has distributed $8.9 billion to rebuild and protect homes and rental properties.
They have also issued $400 million to restore 800,000 rental units.
As of 2012, only 64% of the 119,000 homeowners receiving Road Home assistance have rebuilt homes.
Myriad problems have been reported about the Road Home Program including burdensome document requests, incompliance, the housing award formula, and mismanagement of recovery funds.