The Mayor and City Council should create a Healthy Homes Program that will finally improve conditions for renters, hold slumlords accountable for maintaining rental property, and also serve as a powerful data collection and outreach tool.
Thousands of families deal with unsafe and unhealthy living conditions that are regularly exacerbated by storms and disasters. Experience showed us that when we fail to account for vulnerable populations during disasters, people die in inhumane conditions. New Orleanians have been discussing the need for a Healthy Homes Program for the better part of a decade, and the time to act is now.
Across Louisiana, LaFHAC has documented multiple instances of city and parish councils acquiescing to small groups of mostly white homeowners intent on denying approval to affordable housing developments.