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Bill Quigley's presentation regarding housing in New Orleans, post-Katrina

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Housing New Orleans Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Housing New Orleans
  • 2. 300,000 homes uninhabitable
  • 3. Black & Poor Neighborhoods Suffered Disproportionate Damages Lower Elevation
  • 4. Pre-Katrina, 5000 families lived in public housing
  • 5. “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.” Richard Baker, U.S. Congressman (R-La) Days after Katrina
  • 6. St. Bernard Parish: September 2005 Rent Only to Blood Relatives Ordinance
  • 7. Jefferson Parish Council Passes Resolution Opposing Tax Credits for Housing. Member Chris Roberts: quot;With the number of jobs out there, nobody should be on public housing unless you're ignorant or lazy.quot; October 2005
  • 8. We do not want “thugs” and “trash” from New Orleans public housing projects. Everyone with dreadlocks or che-wee hairstyles will be stopped by law enforcement.” Sheriff Jack Strain St. Tammany Parish
  • 9. Noose Around New Orleans for African- American and Moderate Income Renters
  • 10. New Orleans is Majority Renters
  • 11. Rents Soar – 39% - 70%
  • 12. June 2006 - 1040 families allowed to return to public housing HUD Announces Demolition of 4500 Apartments
  • 13. Need for Affordable Housing?
  • 14. Over 65,000 Families on Gulf 240 sq ft. Trailers – Oct 07
  • 15. 12,000+ homeless
  • 16. Over 100,000 Homeowners Still Not Receive Road Home $
  • 17. Demolition of 4500 affordable apartments by government will give clear message to everyone about who is welcome back
  • 18. HANO has had a one person board that makes all decisions. The one person HANO board is a HUD employee. That person selects all personnel and approves all contracts.
  • 19. HUD Demo Plan Lafitte was 896 will be 276 St. Bernard was 1436 will be 160 BW Cooper was 1550 will be 154 CJ Peete was 723 will be 154 Loss of 82% of low-income apts.
  • 20. Cost of Demo & Rebuild?
  • 21. Cost to Demo & Redevelop $762 million Result? Loss of 82% Of low-income public housing apartments
  • 22. $762m = Loss of 82%?
  • 23. Cost of Redevelopment $400,000+ per apartment 82% loss in low-inc housing?
  • 24. No bulldozing Until 1 for 1 replacement
  • 25. No Bulldozing Until Everyone Can Come Home
  • 26. Where did the money go?
  • 27. Tens of billions of $ to be made
  • 28. 2% Rule of Gulf Coast • 98% of the money distributed in a disaster ends up enriching corporations • 2% gets to the people.
  • 29. Example #1 – Blue Tarps on Roof
  • 30. Example #1 : Blue Tarps – 2% • SHAW GROUP 1st got $175 a square to put on the tarps. • Shaw subcontracted the work out to A1 CONSTRUCTION for $75 a square. • A1 subcontracted the work out to a WESCON corporation for $30 a square. • Who in turn subcontracted it out again to guys who did the work for $2 a square.
  • 31. Shaw Group got contract for $175 a square (100 sq ft) -subcontracts for $75/square earns $100 each square- average roof is 1500 square feet – 15 squares X 15 Per roof!
  • 32. A1 Construction gets $75/square subcontracts out for $30/square X 15 Per roof!
  • 33. Roofers get $2 per square (of original $175)
  • 34. Example #2: Ashbritt Inc of Florida • Received no-bid contract for $579 million to pick up trash in Mississippi • Miami Herald reports company does not own a single dump truck! • MH also reported the company gave $40,000 in previous 12 months to GOP lobbying firm
  • 35. Example # 3: Circle B Enterprises - Georgia • Awarded $287 million no-bid contract to build FEMA trailers • Company filed for bankruptcy year before • Company does not have a website • Company had no license to manufacture trailers in GA.
  • 36. HUD HANO Corruption & Disaster Capitalism Issues
  • 37. HUD Secretary A. Jackson worked for and is owed over $250,000 from COLUMBIA RESIDENTIAL
  • 38. $250,000
  • 39. COLUMBIA RESIDENTIAL awarded $127 million redevelopment contract for St. Bernard Development by HANO, approved by HUD and other HANO contracts
  • 40. Golfing buddy of Sec. Jackson awarded no-bid post-Katrina contract from HANO, approved by HUD, for $175 per hour – totaling over $485,000 in 18 months.
  • 41. Numerous campaign contributors to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin received no-bid emergency contracts with HANO post-Katrina August 2007 – HANO awarded $494,483 contract to the exact person suggested by USDC Judge handling HANO/HUD case as possible special master in case & head of board approving tax credits
  • 42. Law firms, consultants, real estate, insurance, architects…
  • 43. FBI and HUD Inspector General are investigating HUD and HANO right now for post-Katrina development issues
  • 44. $762m = Loss of 82%?
  • 45. Cost of Redevelopment $400,000+ per apartment 82% loss in low-inc housing?
  • 46. Solution? One for one replacement low- income public housing Real participation of residents in decision-making