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AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE • September 2010 While progress has been made, New Orleans still suffers from a lack of affordable housing BY DONNA KIMURA NEW ORLEANS—A few bare walls and broken doors separate Mike Miller from the unknown. “Hey guys, you home?” he calls out while standing outside a...

“Hey UNITY, I’m waiting for you!!!” These are the words shouted from the front porch of a shotgun double in Central City as we drove past in the van this afternoon.  The man shouting them yells them nearly verbatim whenever he sees us.  We’ve met him...

Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 6:00 AM [caption id="attachment_963" align="alignleft" width="553" caption="John McCusker, The Times-Picayune. Carrie Morgan-Handy spent three years living in this house on Laussat Place, without electricity or reliable plumbing, before being discovered by UNITY of Greater New Orleans"][/caption] Carrie Morgan Handy,...

He has been featured in major newspapers and his artwork hangs on permanent display in the Louisiana State Museum. Tommie Mabry’s stream of consciousness writings, written on the walls of a flooded public housing complex, captured the immediate confusion and terror of a city besieged...

The last week was a blur of excruciating hunger and several feeble suicide attempts. He sat down in the old abandoned factory along the river and just stared at it. He didn’t know what would happen, but he figured it wouldn’t be good. Depression is...

Today's blog entry is written by Kathleen North, UNITY Director of Supportive Housing Registry. He smells like a homeless old man, this 4-year-old boy.  He has oozing bug bites on his arms and legs.  His eyes are beautiful and engaging as he looks up eagerly...

When your job requires you to keep your shoes dirty, avoid florescent lighting and develop a nascent tolerance for mosquitoes and cockroaches, you pay a lot of attention to the weather. This week New Orleans has been sucker punched with the outer rain bands from...