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.