The proposal that succeeded — introduced by Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, and not backed by Landrieu — increases the board’s membership from seven to eight, adding a landlord. The change was applauded by the New Orleans Landlord Association, which has complained that the panel lacks landlord representation.Seems fair.
But a fair housing advocacy group said the measure is inadequate because it doesn’t also include a seat for one of the 18,000 Section 8 tenants who receive housing vouchers from HANO.
The Section 8 program, officially called the housing choice voucher program, is the federal government’s program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford housing in the private market. They receive vouchers to pay for privately-owned apartments.
The 18,000 tenants amount to “a quarter of all renters in the city of New Orleans,” said Monika Gerhart-Hambrick, policy director for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. “We’re talking about a huge percentage of the city’s rental population.”
Saturday, June 13, 2015
The rent is too damn high
Obviously the problem here is we don't give landlords enough say on housing policy.