HousingNOLA’s 10-year strategic and implementation plan to help increase equitable housing opportunities for New Orleanians
In a first for New Orleans, HousingNOLA’s “10 Year Strategy and Implementation Plan for a More Equitable New Orleans” plans to increase access to affordable housing over the next decade. HousingNOLA, a program of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), is a product of the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL).
The plan was developed over the last year by hundreds of residents across all sectors of the public and was guided by an executive committee of representatives from a number of housing advocates and developers. The committee includes FFL, the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Louisiana Housing Corporation, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), and Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC).
The plan hopes to achieve five key goals:
• Preserve existing supply and expand the total supply of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities throughout New Orleans.
• Prevent future displacement through development activities and continued study and policy review.
• Enforce and promote fair housing policies throughout New Orleans.
• Encourage sustainable design and infrastructure for all New Orleanians.
• Increase accessibility for all, including residents with special needs.
The plan offers solutions and implementation strategies to address the ongoing city-wide struggle of residents to find affordable housing as median incomes fall and costs rise for rent, home prices and insurance. Beyond the initial goal of 3,000 affordable housing opportunities by 2018, the plan ultimately hopes to provide 5,000 housing opportunities by 2021.
“We’ve reached a turning point in this city where we see residents being priced out of neighborhoods they’ve grown up in,” said Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO and President of the Foundation for Louisiana. “We need to create a community that supports a mix of incomes throughout New Orleans and preserves neighborhood culture.”
“This is a problem that truly effects everyone in this city. More than 70 percent of all households pay one-third or more of their income towards housing costs,” said Andreanecia Morris , GNOHA’s Chair of the Board of Governors. “We’re really proud of the strategy behind this plan because everyone has an opportunity to be a part of the solution.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu praised this collaborative effort that is in keeping with the city’s mission to create equitable housing.
“The HousingNOLA is the result of several entities partnering to develop a blueprint to address the city’s affordable housing challenge,” Mayor Landrieu said. “Affordable housing is one of the top priorities of my administration, and we are pleased that many of the City’s initiatives are reflected in the HousingNOLA. We look forward to continuing to develop solutions that make New Orleans a place that everyone can call home.”
In addition to the increase in affordable housing opportunities over the next decade, HousingNOLA also addresses partnerships between the public and private sectors to increase funding and civic engagement to meet projected needs and prevent future displacement.
The Ford Foundation served as a major sponsor of the plan as a continuation of its involvement in rebuilding the city post-Katrina.
“A decade since Katrina, New Orleans has rebounded in ways once thought unimaginable by some,” said Jerry Maldonado, Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. “Our challenge now is to harness that growth in a way that advances equitable development and protects communities and culture bearers from being squeezed out by the very same progress they’ve worked so hard to achieve.”
In early 2014, the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative convened a group of residents and non-profits to develop strategies for improving housing policies and increasing equity in New Orleans. The result was a desire to take the community engagement efforts since 2005 and make the transition from recovery mode to building a strong future for New Orleans’ housing and neighborhoods.
From this dialogue came HousingNOLA, which will help New Orleanians achieve affordability in housing at all levels. The initiative, led by GNOHA, will continue to engage residents and key stakeholder groups in a community-led process over the next decade.
The 10-year strategy and implementation plan will serve as a guide for the nonprofit, government and private sectors to create equitable, sustainable and affordable homes for all New Orleanians.
HOUSINGNOLA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Flozell Daniels, Foundation for Louisiana
Ellen Lee, City of New Orleans Housing Policy and Community Development
Brenda Breaux, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Nicole Heyman, Center for Community Progress
Maxwell Ciardullo, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Timolynn Sams, Neighborhood Partnership Network
Wayne Glapion, The Village Collective
HousingNOLA is made possible by the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative through funding from:
City of New Orleans’ Network for Economic Opportunity
Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunities Initiative
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Additional funding has been provided by:
Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Energy Foundation.