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With New Orleans' stock of blighted structures still among the nation's largest nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, residents on Monday implored advisers to Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu to take tough action against delinquent property owners. In offering suggestions to Landrieu's task forces on housing and blight,...

[caption id="attachment_253" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Laniker Hunter, Outreach Worker"][/caption] Today's blog is by Laniker Hunter, an outreach worker who often works with homeless families. On January 12th during the freeze, a family of six was referred to us by Senator’s Landrieu’s office. The family consisted of Gloria and her...

February 13, 2010 - Des Moines Register Under normal circumstances, I'm not much of a sports fan. But like nearly everyone in my adopted hometown of New Orleans, it seems I have lost my senses in the euphoric frenzy of the Saints' improbable journey to the...

New York Times Editorial Published: December 11, 2009 The real estate industry and some Louisiana politicians have been promoting the fiction that New Orleans has all the housing it needs and should be allowed to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid from desperately...

Today’s post is by Cynthia Mitchell, who recently began working as UNITY’s Director of Intake, in charge of helping homeless and at-risk people requesting assistance to access the many housing and service programs of UNITY and its member organizations.   [caption id="attachment_147" align="alignleft" width="384" caption="Cynthia Mitchell, Director...

They are all but invisible: abandoned people eking out a meager existence on abandoned New Orleans property. No electricity. No running water. They are barely making it. In the darkened kitchen, the floor is littered with filthy clothing, rotting food, empty bottles and cans. Part of...