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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:41 PM
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HUD Sends Bulldozers, Condos to New Orleans for Christmas
For the love of humanity how many times can Bushco fuck the poor of NOLA over? This is absolutely too much.

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Bill Quigley

HUD Sends Bulldozers, Condos to New Orleans for Christmas

On the 10th day before Christmas, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is planning to unleash teams of bulldozers to demolish thousands of low-income apartments in New Orleans. Despite Katrina causing the worst affordable housing crisis since the Civil War, HUD is spending $762 million in taxpayer funds to tear down over 4,600 public housing subsidized apartments and replace them with 744 similarly subsidized units an 82% reduction. HUD is in charge and one HUD employee makes all the local housing authority decisions. HUD took over the local housing authority years ago all decisions are made in Washington, D.C. HUD plans to build an additional 1,000 market rate and tax credit units which will still result in a net loss of 2,700 apartments to New Orleans the remaining new apartments will cost an average of over $400,000 each!

Affordable housing is at a critical point along the Gulf Coast. Over 50,000 families still living in tiny FEMA trailers are being systematically forced out. Over 90,000 homeowners in Louisiana are still waiting to receive federal recovery funds from the Road Home. In New Orleans, hundreds of the estimated 12,000 homeless have taken up residence in small tents across the street from City Hall and under the I-10.

In Mississippi, poor and working people are being displaced along the coast to allow casinos to expand and develop shipping and other commercial activities. Two dozen ministers criticized the exclusion of renters and low-income homeowners from post-Katrina assistance: Sadly we must now bear witness to the reality that our Recovery Effort has failed to include a place at the table ... for our poor and vulnerable.

The bulldozers were scheduled to start knocking down buildings Dec. 15 but New Orleans public housing residents vowed to resist. If you try to bulldoze our homes, were going to fight, promised resident Sharon Jasper. Theres going to be a war in New Orleans.

Resident resistance is being expanded by allies from a coalition of groups who see the destruction of public housing without one-for-one replacement harming all renters and low-income homeowners.

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