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  • City of New Orleans Housing Profile

    Approximately 49,000 (or 78%) of the 62,500 private rental units in New Orleans needed major repairs at some point in the last 12 months.

    Data Source: 2011 American Housing Survey

    Rental Housing Quality 5,300 units experienced water leakage from outside the structure.

    1,770 units had mold in the last 12 months.

    5,450 units did not have a working smoke detector

    Renter Displacement Before Katrina, most house- holds could cover rent without spending more than 30% of their income. Today, households from the dark orange areas are likely to be priced-out of their former neighborhoods.

    The map shows areas where long-term residents’ income would not be enough to pay current rents without a cost burden. African American households are more likely to face this burden.

    Data Sources: Current rents and race data: 2009-13 ACS; Maximum affordable rents for long-term residents are based on 2000 Census median household income, adjusted for inflation.

    Housing Cost Burden The City is 55% renters and nearly 4 in 10 pay half of their income toward rent and utilities, while only 16% of homeowners pay half their income toward housing costs.

    Public Housing Loss The Housing Authority of New Orleans

    demolished over 5,000 (3,077 occupied) units in the “Big 4” public housing developments after Katrina. Only 13% of the total units have been rebuilt.

    670 Rebuilt

    5,000+ Demolished

    Increase in median rent

    40%

    2013

    2000 Increase in median household income

    2%

    Data Source: HANO

    7,150 units had signs of rodents.

  • City of New Orleans Housing Profile

    Racial Disparity in Vacancy Rates

    Highest Vacancy, 2010 Rate % Black

    Lower 9th Ward 48% 96%

    French Quarter* 43% 4%

    Holy Cross 41% 89%

    Central City 40% 72%

    St. Claude 39% 81%

    Seventh Ward 38% 87%

    Florida Area 38% 97%

    St. Roch** 38% 87%

    Treme/Lafitte 37% 75%

    Tulane/Gravier 35% 71%

    Lowest Vacancy, 2010 Rate % White

    West Riverside 13% 69%

    Garden District 13% 88%

    Old Aurora 13% 36%

    New Aurora/English Turn 13% 20%

    Black Pearl 13% 67%

    City Park 12% 83%

    East Carrollton 12% 69%

    Lakeshore/Lake Vista 12% 89%

    Audubon 10% 85%

    Lake Terrace/Lake Oaks 5% 57%

    Housing in large swaths of the City still sits empty, but these vacancies are concentrated in majority- African American neighborhoods. The neighborhoods with the top 10 highest vacancy rates all experienced increases of 15%-35% between 2000-10. Neighborhoods with the lowest vacancy rates tend to be majority white and have experienced little change since before the storm.

    * The French Quarter’s high vacancy rate is likely due to the number of vacation rentals in the area. Data Source: 2000 and 2010 Census. ** 2015 data is not available, but neighborhoods like St. Roch are likely to have lower vacancy rates and higher white populations today.

    Loss of African American Homeowners The map shows areas with the greatest losses of African American homeowners in dark orange. While the City lost homeowners of all races after Katrina, the hatched areas show where the loss of African American homeowners out- paced the loss of homeowners in the City as a whole.

    Many African American home- owners never made it back, while others settled outside the City.* * See The Data Center for more resources on the suburbanization of people of color. Data Sources: 2000 Census; 2009-13 ACS

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