NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 21, 2007) – Tomorrow, the City of New Orleans will begin a four-day drive during which New Orleanians whose properties have been cited as imminent health threats will be able to provide the required documentation to inspectors to qualify for removal from the Imminent Health Threat demolition lists. Citizens may participate whether they are currently living in New Orleans or elsewhere.

This four-day drive is part of the Imminent Health Threat Demolition Resident Assistance Program. The program was launched on August 15 and is designed to educate property owners on the process and criteria for removing a property from the Imminent Health Threat demolition list.

Property owners may bring proof and documentation of remediation to two locations in New Orleans Wednesday through Saturday and one location in Houston on Saturday. Documentation also may be sent by certified mail.

Property Removal Criteria

Property owners must provide proof and documentation (photos, in mail or in person, that shows the following:

* The property has been gutted and contents have been removed
* Grass is cut in the front, back, and side yards
* All doors closed and secured


From Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25, property owners may submit their documentation at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

New Orleans, LA

Office of Code Enforcement

1340 Poydras Street, Suite 1100

St. Bernard Recreation Center

1500 Lafreniere Street

Houston, TX

Journey Home Center

3611 Ennis Street, Suite 113/114

Houston, TX 77004

By certified mail to:

Office of Code Enforcement,

1340 Poydras Street, Suite 1100

New Orleans, LA 70112.

Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led...