David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst
PHADA was pleased to be invited to present Washington Updates at the 17th Annual National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR SAAH) Conference in New Orleans September 24–27. PHADA was represented by Policy Analyst David Weber throughout the three days of the event.
Tour of Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Redevelopment Sites
The conference began with a tour of several HANO redevelopment sites. Like many large public housing authorities across the country, HANO initiated redevelopment in the mid-1990’s through HOPE VI and other programs. This redevelopment process was aggressively accelerated by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of HANO’s housing stock and forced redevelopment of those sites. As of the summer of 2019, HANO has 4,790 public housing and other affordable units and 18,722 Housing Choice Vouchers.
The tour visited Columbia Parc at the Bayou District (formerly St. Bernard), the Lafitte Senior at Faubourg Lafitte, and Bienville Basin (formerly Iberville) new mixed income, mixed finance developments. All provided neighborhood scale new construction housing for a mix of incomes and include traditional public housing, project-based voucher, low income housing tax credit (LIHTC), and market rate units. Funding for Columbia Parc and Faubourg Lafitte included HUD Replacement Housing Factor funds, HUD Capital Funds, HUD Section 901 (disaster) funds, HANO Program Income Funds, LIHTC funds, State of Louisiana CDBG funds, and FEMA funds. Columbia Parc also utilized New Market Tax Credit funding. Bienville Basin is a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant development that also utilized State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, LIHTCs, Louisiana and City of New Orleans CDBG funds, New Orleans Home funds, and HANO funding. All three sites were required to retain some of the original buildings, as all were considered historic having been built in 1941 or 1942. Staff of HANO were excited to show off their successes, as all three sites approach final phases.
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