Tag: "New Orleans"

The List

The List

| January 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

I never sleep well on these nights. After 13 hours working the streets, an inordinate amount of stale coffee and a lingering sense of doubt, it’s kind of hard to sleep. At three in the morning I start thinking about the list. Every city has one and somebody has to track it. In New Orleans, […]

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The Times-Picayune: Warehouse Deaths are a Wake-Up Call: A Guest Column by Martha Kegel and Mike Miller

The Times-Picayune: Warehouse Deaths are a Wake-Up Call: A Guest Column by Martha Kegel and Mike Miller

| January 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

The tragic loss of eight young people, in the most lethal fire in New Orleans in 32 years, focuses attention on the problem of homelessness in abandoned buildings. The eight died last week trying to warm themselves with a fire in a barrel in a dilapidated warehouse. Survival fires started by homeless people of all […]

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The Times-Picayune: Victims of New Orleans Fire were Sheltering in a Death Trap: An Editorial

The Times-Picayune: Victims of New Orleans Fire were Sheltering in a Death Trap: An Editorial

| December 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 6:22 AM Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 6:45 AM By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune The fire that killed eight young people who were squatting in an abandoned 9th Ward building early Tuesday morning shows that blight and homelessness are ills that can turn deadly. Two people who survived the […]

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Toll of Eight Lives in 9th Ward Fire is Highest in New Orleans in Decades

Toll of Eight Lives in 9th Ward Fire is Highest in New Orleans in Decades

| December 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 8:05 PM Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 6:52 AM By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune New Orleans’ deadliest blaze in decades took the lives of eight squatters who were trying to keep warm by huddling around an open fire in an abandoned 9th Ward building on one of the coldest nights […]

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Eight Homeless Youth Die in New Orleans Fire – What Does it Say About the U.S.?

Eight Homeless Youth Die in New Orleans Fire – What Does it Say About the U.S.?

| December 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

by Bill Quigley, Legal Director, Center ofr Constitutional Rights, Professor, Loyola New Orleans Posted December 28, 2010, Huffington Post Eight young people, who the Fire Department said were “trying to stay warm,” perished in a raging fire during the night in New Orleans. They were squatting in an abandoned wood framed tin walled warehouse in […]

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UNITY Releases Report on People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins

UNITY Releases Report on People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins

| December 28, 2010 | 3 Comments

August 24, 2010 The Abandoned Buildings Outreach Team of UNITY of Greater New Orleans has released a detailed report of the Team’s findings and recommendations from 18 months of combing the city’s abandoned buildings in search of elderly and disabled survivors of Hurricane Katrina, “Search and Rescue Five Years Later: Saving People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins.”  Thus far, […]

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8 Killed in Fire in Abandoned 9th Ward Building

8 Killed in Fire in Abandoned 9th Ward Building

| December 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

December 28, 2010 In the city’s deadliest blaze in decades, a fire in an abandoned building in the 9th Ward overnight killed 8 people, according to the New Orleans Fire Department. It is believed that the death toll in the fire is the largest since the Upstairs Lounge fire in June 1973, which killed 32 […]

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Fox 8 News: Wintry Forecast Leaves Some Edgy over Potential Squatter Fires

Fox 8 News: Wintry Forecast Leaves Some Edgy over Potential Squatter Fires

| December 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Reported by: Sabrina Wilson, Reporter Email: swilson@fox8tv.net Last Update: 1/10 6:43 pm New Orleans – The wintry forecast for the rest of the week has some people in the city nervous about the possibility of more fires being ignited by squatters. Those concerns are fueled by a fire which recently killed eight young squatters in […]

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The Times-Picayune: Agency for Homeless Seeks Neighbors’ Support: A Letter to the Editor

The Times-Picayune: Agency for Homeless Seeks Neighbors’ Support: A Letter to the Editor

| December 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 1:22 AM By Letters to the Editor Misunderstanding persists about the Esplanade Avenue building that UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit organization, and our partners are seeking to revitalize. We plan to transform the former Bethany nursing home, abandoned since Hurricane Katrina, into apartments for low-wage workers and formerly […]

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UNITY Named 'Best of the Best' by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

UNITY Named ‘Best of the Best’ by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, December 15th, UNITY of Greater New Orleans was named as one of the 42 nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area who received IMPACT 2010 grants.  Over three quarters of a million dollars in grants were awarded in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Civic Engagement; Education; Health; Human & Social Services; […]

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