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Blighted Properties Tracking Tool For New Orleans

In partnership with nonprofit Code for America, the city of New Orleans launches an interactive online tool to help track the progress of renewal and rehabilitation efforts in blighted areas, particularly those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The project serves as an extension of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's (D) strategy to reduce blight by

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Acceleration Of Disaster Aid Sought

HUD officials huddle with Louisiana and Mississippi development officials and entitlement communities to determine how it can speed reallocation of Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds to help repair and replace housing in 69 parishes suffering damage from Hurricane Isaac.

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Katrina Aid Sought For Superdome

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) wants HUD’s approval to divert $6.6 million of housing aid -- money originally targeted for Hurricane Katrina recovery -- to shape up the New Orleans’ Superdome, home of the Saints professional football team. Jindal takes his cue from his

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(TAX CREDITS IN COURT) Tax Credits Subject To Open Records Law

Low-income housing tax credit records are open to the public, the Louisiana attorney says in a new opinion. The ruling focuses on a Lafayette, LA development funded in part by $800,000 in LIHTCs awarded

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(HOUSING PROGRAM CONSOLIDATION) Governor Consolidates Housing Programs

Prompted by the chaos and overlaps in state housing efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signs a bill consolidating 11 housing programs in one new office, the Louisiana

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(HOUSING PROGRAMS) Housing Agency Consolidation Advances

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) effort to consolidate all the state's housing agencies into a single agency moves into the legislative phase. The design has been crafted into a Senate bill (SB 249) and House bill (HB

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(STATE HOUSING AGENCY) Louisiana Housing Agency Overhaul

If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) succeeds, the state's disparate housing agencies would be combined into a single unit called the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Jindal says the new agency would hold the reins on

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(NEW PUBLIC HOUSING) New Orleans Public Housing Additions

Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left the four major public housing complexes uninhabitable, former tenants begin the trek back to new public housing erected in their place

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(SECTION 8) Landlord Entitled To Rent After Section 8 Payments Stop And Her Tenant Stays

Lesson: The landlord lost a small amount of rent in this case because she did not maintain the rental unit to the standards required by the Section 8 housing authority.  Section 8 programs require local housing agencies to regularly inspect their properties. And landlords must make sure their p...

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(RENTAL HOUSING) New Orleans Rent Gouging Studied

Suspicious that landlords in New Orleans are charging higher rents for Sec. 8 housing voucher recipients, HUD contracts with Chicago-based rental experts Applied Real Estate Analysis to conduct a detailed rental-

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