Louisiana Housing Finance Agency cancels meeting to discuss controversial affordable housing developments in Chalmette

From reading the comments it looks like people know that all these projects end up doing is making money for investors and bringing down the property values of the middle class.  Good intentions are not the main reason behind them.  The Louisiana Housing Finance agency knows this.  Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge is a good example.  katy    

Posted by bwarren

July 13, 2009

State housing officials canceled a scheduled trip to gauge the amount of affordable housing in St. Bernard Parish on Monday, citing heightened publicity about the visit in recent weeks.

The board of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency told parish officials on Friday it would not attend a planned bus tour and public meeting with residents and landlords. The housing finance board approved tax credits last year that are critical to the construction of four controversial mixed-income apartment buildings planned in Chalmette.

The public meeting will still take place as scheduled today at 5:15 p.m. at the St. Bernard Parish Council chambers in Chalmette. Parish officials will discuss rental issues with landlords and residents. The address is 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive.

An ongoing controversy over the developments has embroiled St. Bernard Parish government in a months-long fair housing lawsuit, and prompted a federal judge to order in March that the parish strike down a construction ban that had blocked developers from moving forward with the projects.

Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for the Housing Finance Agency, said Monday the board felt that a public meeting on affordable housing issues would “not be appropriate.”

“The way that this meeting has been set up is not something the chairman would be comfortable with,” DeGraff said. He also noted that since all board members are present, the meeting would technically need to be advertised as a full board meeting.

“It would also put the board in a difficult position, as they would have to start taking invites from groups from everywhere,” DeGraff said.

The mixed-income apartment proposals have drawn a firestorm of criticism from parish residents and previous public hearings on the issue have drawn hundreds of residents in opposition to the developments.

St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro and Councilmen George Cavignac, Fred Everhardt and Wayne Landry spoke before housing agency board members in Baton Rouge last month, citing statistics that the parish has ample affordable rental housing without adding four new 72-unit complexes to the market.

At that time, Board Chairman Wayne Woods said he would like to visit the parish and get a sense of what was happening on the ground.

Comments

adynomoose says…

Chalmette is full of affordable housing already. They don’t need to add subsidized housing.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 2:17PM

NawlinsMan says…

There is plenty of land available in Mandeville and Covington on which to build affordable housing. The land is higher, there, also.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 2:26PM

NoWahala says…

In the long run, “Affordable housing” code term for “Animal Paddocks”, will only cause greater deterioration of local society and order of Law.

Nothing good ever comes from it but short term relief to those that will not confrom to American society.

People are sick and tired of having their communities destroyed by those that will destroy anything in their path.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 3:10PM

hardhed says…

Has all the land in New Orleans been taken up???

Posted on 07/13/09 at 3:15PM

BasilMoreau says…

I have two apts vacant in Old Arabi….

Posted on 07/13/09 at 3:33PM

taffyman says…

Hang in there St. Bernard. Fight this with your last breath. Don’t let your community turn into another crime infested slum like New Orleans.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 3:35PM

roneagle72 says…

Really, lets all move on.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 4:01PM

hisstbgirl1 says…

This has nothing to do with color, black people lived in the parish before the storm. it has to do with the value of our homes and property. And the family values that are down here. You ask anyone black or white do they really want this kind of rental property down here and they will tell you NO!!!!!!!!!!. So let the public of this parish vote on it and see how far it goes why should the government have anything to say about what happens down here if they don’t live here. Let them build them in Texas where they are from or even go to the Ninth ward and build them people are looking for palces to live up there. They are living under bridges and the interstate. We don’t need that here.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 4:20PM

Pelican70 says…

I would classify the majority of St. B housing as “affordable” to people who work. Plus plenty folk of color – all colors – live in St. B. But they don’t want to increase the numbers of those who don’t *pay* for their housing in Da Parish, and it is hard to blame them. Homeowners in OP, be serious. Would you want subsidized housing put in next door? Might as well put in a cold storage plant.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 4:41PM

gardengate says…

There will never be enough rentals for the welfare group. This has nothing to do with race, reparations. It has to do with the fact that if you encourage dependence on the tax payers, there will never be an end to the takers. It is high time tax payers protested this continued abuse of our hard earned tax dollars. Every able bodied person should get a job an pay their own rent.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 4:43PM

usmcno1 says…

I for one don’t want a second “Village Square” ever again in “Da Parish”. Why don’t these so called investors invest in such a housing project in their own home town/state?

It’s called getting an education in order to get a decent job. It’s called not having children from deadbeat men. It’s called supporting the children that you do father.

Now someone correct me if I am wrong, I have seen dozens of ads for housing in the local newspapers that even say SECTION EIGHT accepted? One more reason why we don’t need a second “Village Square”

Posted on 07/13/09 at 5:52PM

sumtinswrong says…

It’s a bad step-child NOBODY wants any where!.
Too many people see the problems that others over look,purposely turning the other way.

Posted on 07/13/09 at 8:52PM

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