Landrieu pledges 7,500 affordable housing units in New Orleans by 2021

Crime, New Orleans’ crumbling infrastructure and poverty always top Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s list of shortcomings in his annual State of the City address. His 2016 address, delivered last week on the roof of the Whole Foods Market in Mid-City, was no different. But amid contentious debates over the future of short-term rental companies like Airbnb and the increasing creep of property developers, gentrification, rising rents and deplorable housing conditions — all wrapped in stagnant wages and dwindling jobs — Landrieu released a five-year plan for more affordable housing.

 

According to the plan, the city will “build or preserve” 7,500 affordable housing units by 2021 — with 4,000 units available by 2018, followed by an additional 3,500 units in the ensuing three years.

 

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