Black & Poor Neighborhoods Suffered Disproportionate Damages Lower Elevation
Pre-Katrina, 5000 families lived in public housing
“ 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
St. Bernard Parish: September 2005 Rent Only to Blood Relatives Ordinance
Jefferson Parish Council Passes Resolution Opposing Tax Credits for Housing. Member Chris Roberts: "With the number of jobs out there, nobody should be on public housing unless you're ignorant or lazy." October 2005
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
Noose Around New Orleans for African-American and Moderate Income Renters
Example #1 : Blue Tarps – 2% <ul><li>SHAW GROUP 1 st got $175 a square to put on the tarps. </li></ul><ul><li>Shaw subcontracted the work out to A1 CONSTRUCTION for $75 a square. </li></ul><ul><li>A1 subcontracted the work out to a WESCON corporation for $30 a square. </li></ul><ul><li>Who in turn subcontracted it out again to guys who did the work for $2 a square. </li></ul>
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!
A1 Construction gets $75/square subcontracts out for $30/square X 15 Per roof!
Example #2: Ashbritt Inc of Florida <ul><li>Received no-bid contract for $579 million to pick up trash in Mississippi </li></ul><ul><li>Miami Herald reports company does not own a single dump truck! </li></ul><ul><li>MH also reported the company gave $40,000 in previous 12 months to GOP lobbying firm </li></ul>
Example # 3: Circle B Enterprises - Georgia <ul><li>Awarded $287 million no-bid contract to build FEMA trailers </li></ul><ul><li>Company filed for bankruptcy year before </li></ul><ul><li>Company does not have a website </li></ul><ul><li>Company had no license to manufacture trailers in GA. </li></ul>
COLUMBIA RESIDENTIAL awarded $127 million redevelopment contract for St. Bernard Development by HANO, approved by HUD and other HANO contracts
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.
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
Law firms, consultants, real estate, insurance, architects…
FBI and HUD Inspector General are investigating HUD and HANO right now for post-Katrina development issues