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5 Years Post-Katrina, Housing Crisis Lingers in New Orleans

By Michelle Chen
Ms. Magazine Blog

Though the storm has long since passed, women and children in New Orleans are still without shelter.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, while the city’s recovery hobbles forward after Hurricane Katrina’s punishing blows, a deep affordable housing crisis continues to hold back impoverished mothers:

 


Five years later, market rates for renting private apartments have risen, nearly all of the old public apartments have been removed while the new remain under construction, and former residents of public housing are still displaced. For public housing tenants, most of whom were low-income African American women and their families, housing support in New Orleans has been transformed.

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