Federal award or not, Iberville redevelopment to move forward on tax-credit financing

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

A $651 million redevelopment of the Iberville public-housing complex will be paid for with loans from the state, government-backed bonds and money from selling   low-income housing tax credits, Housing Authority of New Orleans plans show. First submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the fall as part of an application for a federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, these plans gained new relevance Wednesday when HANO chief David Gilmore gave a first unequivocal commitment to redeveloping Iberville whether or not the federal government provides the sought-after $62 million grant.

New HANO site lets Section 8 residents, landlords better find and manage apartments

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

Three months after The Lens reported that Section 8 units managed by the Housing Authority of New Orleans remain primarily clustered in the poor neighborhoods the program intends to deconcentrate, HANO has introduced a new system that officials believe will help solve the problem. The new Housing Choice Connect system, designed for registered users only, is being touted by the authority as a means of encouraging Section 8 voucher holders to settle in higher-opportunity neighborhoods by making it easier for them to find available units.

Empty since Katrina, 233 HANO units to be torn down

The Housing Authority of New Orleans approved a deal today to demolish 233 empty scattered public housing units moldering since Hurricane Katrina. But while neighbors applauded progress in the battle against blight, questions remain about what HANO will do with its properties once the 99 doomed buildings are cleared.

HANO official: Agency not analyzing voucher locations

Despite spending millions to tear down public housing complexes and to implement a voucher program that would end the concentration of poor households, a Housing Authority of New Orleans official admitted Monday that the agency doesn’t analyze voucher use to determine whether new pockets of poverty may be forming elsewhere.

HRI and C.J. Peete developer chosen for Iberville work

The Housing Authority of New Orleans today selected a proposed partnership between prominent local developer and a national company to lead efforts to redevelop the Iberville public housing development on the fringe of the French Quarter. The partnership is between HRI Properties and McCormack Baron Salazar.

HANO closes applications to redevelop Iberville complex

The first round of a competition for the redevelopment rights of the city’s last major pre-Katrina public housing complex – the Iberville development – closed today. Interested developers had until 2 p.m. to present their qualifications to work with the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

Taxpayers donate property for homeless only to see it stagnate under non-profit

By Karen Gadbois – Staff writer – Three years after getting a piece of taxpayer-owned property for free, a New Orleans non-profit has yet to make improvements to the blighted site or fulfill promises made when it took the donation – and it apparently tried to sell the six-unit apartment house for $230,000 in pure profit. The Galilee Housing Initiative and Community Development Corporation took ownership in March 2007 of 2318 Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel via a donation from the Housing Authority of New Orleans.