Maklansky: Property values and housing costs are linked to many issues, including market trends, housing supply, and the prevailing wage in the area. I will ensure that State and Federal housing programs are maximized and that leverage our resources to incentivize the supply of affordable housing. When new units are constructed, I will pursue long-term commitments for affordability. The Council can impact affordable housing through zoning by incentivizing the building of multi-family and multi-income housing where appropriate, built with quality construction and design, as well as through supporting home ownership programs. Additionally, it is imperative that the Short-Term Rental ordinance is enforced to ensure that the character of our communities is protected.
Hardy: I support inclusionary zoning through the expansion of the Smart Housing Mix Ordinance. I believe that every neighborhood in our city should share the responsibility of providing affordable housing to our most vulnerable residents.
Considering that we have a 30,000 unit affordable housing shortage and 40,000+ blighted units of property, I will ensure that all blighted property is sold or otherwise assigned to individuals and agencies who have the capacity to transform them into affordable homes and businesses.
I have proposed that we grow our $1.5MIL loan pool for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) to $150MIL, with a priority on Tourism, Trade, and Technology, all of which affect the music industry.
I have also proposed that the $200MIL+ surplus held by the Morial Convention Center be used to provide housing to low income service industry workers, musicians, and others who support our conventions and tourism industry.
Ring: One of my first acts will be to work on a plan to abolish the current short term rental law and work to a more equitable law which at least minimizes, and at best eliminates, whole house rentals. The current law motivates gentrification, cultural displacement and exorbitant rents and mortgages for those houses that are in the path of the STR deluge. By motivating property owners and builders to work with the city to create an affordable housing plan for all of New Orleans we can create a culture of affordable homeownership and rentals for those New Orleanians being forced out of neighborhoods where generations of their family lived worked and played.
Washington-Kendrick: Incentivize, Incentivize, Incentivize for new developers, old developers and landlords alike. For the new developers making sure they set aside a percentage of their housing units, for affordable housing for low income renters. Ensure those renters who have been in those neighborhoods where gentrification is growing, that landlords will receive the necessary support to enable them to keep those tenants in those houses.