Monday, Feb. 26; 2-5:15 p.m. (The networking activity is also at this time)
Study tour is limited to 50 participants
Since 2000, home values and rents in New Orleans have both more than doubled, and the data clearly shows that wages have not come close to mirroring the dramatic rise in housing costs. Just over 60 percent of New Orleans’ renters are now “cost-burdened,” spending more than a third of their income on housing costs. The city ranks second in the nation for the percentage of renters paying more than half of their income on housing—35 percent.
The HousingNOLA 10-year Strategy and Implementation Plan, released Dec. 10, 2015, indicates the need for 33,600 additional affordable units in the city by 2025. There is now a sense of urgency around the issues of equity, displacement, and the right of self-determination for neighborhoods. Despite the massive investments the city’s efforts have not been equitable.
This study tour will cover key sites in the city’s struggle to advance racial equity and inclusion. Participants will visit various sites in Tremé, 7th Ward, Central Business District, Mid-City, Uptown, and Central City, engaging public sector and community partners in a discussion on the unique development pressures they’re facing and the connection between culture, displacement, and economic inequality in New Orleans.
- The importance of housing and its connection to other social issues
- The importance of engaging and educating community and decisionmakers using facts and developing strategies based on those facts and the input of educated citizens
- Andreanecia M. Morris, executive director, HousingNOLA (@andreanecia @GNOHA)
2 p.m. – Depart from the New Orleans Marriott
2:10 p.m. – Stop at Claiborne Corridor Overview – Asali Ecclesiastes
2:30 p.m. – 9th Ward
- Drive by Make It Right and through L9 and Holy Cross; get the lay of the land and discuss why development is stagnating/leaning towards rentals over homeownership
- Stop and hear from Rev. Willie Calhoun, a native New Orleanian and L9 resident who is trying to catalyze grassroots development
2:55 p.m. – Gentilly
- Drive through Desire/Florida; learn about the neighborhood’s background
- Pass by Columbia Parc and Wisner Golf Course
3 p.m. – Drive through Mid-City/Carrollton
- Pass by new hospitals and criminal justice complex
3:15 p.m. – Carrollton/Uptown
- Stop and hear from Betty Dimarco, a transplant/Uptown resident trying to seed affordable housing in what is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood
3:45 p.m. – Central City
- Harmony Oaks, Jericho Road, and OC Haley
5 p.m. – Return to the New Orleans Marriott
About the Tour Guide
Andreanecia M. Morris
Andreanecia M. Morris serves as the executive director of HousingNOLA, a 10-year public private partnership working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. The 10-year Strategy and Implementation Plan, released in 2015, indicates the need for 33,600 additional housing opportunities by 2025.
Morris has worked to create affordable housing opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Area in both the public and private sector—creating opportunities for approximately 500 families to become first time homebuyers after Hurricane Katrina. She was lead organizer for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) when it started in 2007 as collaborative coalition of nonprofit housing builders and community development corporations. Morris now serves as GNOHA’s president/chairwoman, co-chairs the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund Initiative, and is a board member of Housing Authority of New Orleans, CONNECT Coalition Steering Committee, ASI Federal Credit Union, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and Louisiana Housing Corporation.
In 2016, UNITY of Greater New Orleans named Morris Outstanding Advocate for Affordable Housing; BIZ New Orleans Magazine named Morris one of the Top 10 Influencers in Real Estate; and in 2017, Morris was selected to participate in an international workshop on forced eviction and urban displacement in South Africa.