Gulf Coast Katrina housing issues

colist at comm-org.wisc.edu colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Fri Jun 23 14:52:37 CDT 2006


[ed: while organizing in New Orleans does seem to at least have a 
foothold, the rest of the Gulf may need more support.]

From: David Holtzman <davidh at nhi.org>

THE NEW HOMELESS: PREVENTING MASS EVICTIONS ON THE GULF COAST

While national attention has been focused on the recovery efforts in
New Orleans and concerns surrounding the hurricane season that has
just started, a new, little noticed disaster is in the making as
thousands face eviction and homelessness.

A short documentary on this underreported crisis, “The New Homeless:
Preventing Mass Evictions on the Gulf Coast,” tells the stories of
low-income tenants threatened with evictions by their landlords in
Southern Mississippi. The combination of unscrupulous landlords and a
shortage of affordable rental housing has been devastating for
thousands of renters on the Gulf Coast.

The video, produced by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under
Law, can be viewed, along with an article on the evictions crisis at:
www.nhi.org/online/issues/thenewhomeless.html



Contact David Holtzman at dholtzman at nhi.org with questions.

Important reading in Shelterforce Magazine, the Journal of Affordable
Housing and Community Building

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