WHY HOUSING?

New Orleans is experiencing a mounting housing crisis. 


Many residents—both homeowners and renters—cannot afford to remain in their homes or neighborhoods. 

Discriminatory practices in mortgage lending and recovery spending, rising housing costs due to real estate speculation and expensive insurance, predatory tax sales, substandard housing conditions, inadequate legal protections for tenants, expiring housing tax credits, and the removal of whole homes from the private rental market for short-term rental use have made New Orleans unaffordable to low- and moderate income households and unwelcoming to communities of color.
More and more residents are finding themselves stretched too thin, one small unanticipated cost away from being plunged into economic crisis.

Long-time residents are being pushed out to the city’s margins, or even out of Orleans Parish entirely. Renters in particular are hard pressed to find safe, clean, and affordable housing close to transportation options, grocery stores, and job centers. Displacement is hitting the most vulnerable among us first- the working poor, people with disabilities, communities of color, young families, and the elderly.

These conditions are increasing homelessness, subjecting renters to a volatile and unaffordable rental market, and placing an undue burden on homeowners who are already struggling to keep their homes.  

Economic & Health Impacts  ​

Emotional and Monetary Stress 

 Increased Risk of Eviction and Displacement 

Fragmentation of Community Network

Overcrowding and Substandard Housing Conditions 

 Increased Rates of Chronic and Infectious Disease

New Orleans Housing Crisis By The Numbers​​

New Orleans ranks 2nd in the nation for the percentage of renters paying more than half of their income on housing.

61% of New Orleans renters are cost-burdened,  spending more than a third of their income on rent and utilities, while 38% spend more than half their income on housing costs. 

4 in 5 cost-burdened renters are Black residents

Since 2000, rents in the city have increased by 50% and home prices by 54%, while incomes have only risen 2%.​  

18,193 Housing Choice Vouchers (Section-8) are in use in the city, while 27,959 households remain on the waiting list. 

78% of rental properties require major repairs for leaks, infestations, plumbing, mold, and related issues. 

It is estimated more than 33,000 new affordable housing units are needed over the next 10 years to mitigate the housing crisis.  

Approximately 4,000 entire homes are now being used as short term rentals, meaning they are no longer available for long term residents.  

100,000 Black residents have been permanently displaced since Hurricane Katrina.