Cantrell: As a New Orleans Councilwoman, I have prioritized creating affordable housing by creating the density bonus , redirecting the Neighborhood Improvement Fund to homeowners and neighbors instead of code enforcement attorneys, working with housing advocates and getting state funding for case management services for homeowners stuck in Road Home.
It’s not enough because our people continue to be priced out and forced to leave neighborhoods that their families have called home for generations. As mayor, I will do the following:
Use all the tools in the toolbox , including many of those proposed in the local Put Housing First Platform.
“Provide affordable housing options for local citizens”
● Focus on preservation of existing affordable housing stock..
● Offer incentives for landlords to moderate rent.
● Encourage new housing in keeping with the character and affordability of our neighborhoods.
● Transfer remaining Road Home properties to new homeowners / Incentives for local citizens.
● Encourage employers to provide down payment assistance for their employees
● Reform the lien process and provide property tax relief to struggling families.
● Help families own homes and build wealth / First-time owner tax abatement program.
● Prioritize vacant property development and increase access to capital for development.
● In terms of STRs, bring neighborhoods into the discussion, examine new requirements and tighten enforcement.
● Work with legislature on a constitutional amendment allowing the city more flexibility/oversight over property tax policy. Use this to incentivize affordable housing. (GNOHA questionnaire)
● Incentivize energy efficiency projects for the landlord community, to help lower energy bills, while also creating more green jobs in our community (GNOHA)
● Build affordable units: Gap financing program for developers leveraging other state and federal incentives (eg Historic Tax Credits, 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits)
Charbonnet: As Mayor, my administration would emphasize facilitating musicians housing. The development of affordable housing in New Orleans, especially for our working people, has not kept pace with the growing demand. My administration will approach this problem aggressively by prioritizing the development of safe, healthy and affordable rental units and homeownership near jobs and essential public services.
We are losing our natural musicians village with fewer and fewer musicians living in Treme, the birthplace of Jazz. It is apparent that this city is in an affordable housing crisis, this crisis hits our cultural economy the hardest. I have put together a detailed plan to address the affordability crisis and made it public for everyone to view. Please visit DesireeCharbonnet.com and send me your thoughts and ideas.