New Mayor to Prioritize Affordable Housing in New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell was sworn in as mayor of New Orleans last week, and in an op-ed, Michelle Whetten, vice president and Gulf Coast market leader at Enterprise Community Partners, urges Cantrell and five new members of the City Council to prioritize affordable housing. The op-ed notes that one in three families in New Orleans pay at least half of their income on rent, and cites a 2017 survey by Enterprise which showed that the vast majority of likely voters strongly support the Mayor and City Council prioritizing affordable housing needs. Whetten also emphasizes the importance of undertaking a package of efforts that would boost the city’s housing affordability, including revamping regulations and adopting stronger policies to address substandard rental housing, increasing funding for the Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund, implementing strategies for affordable development on public land close to transit and rejecting a state Senate bill (SB 462) that would forbid inclusionary zoning and prevent local governments from requiring developers to include affordable homes as part of their residential developments.

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