September 22, 2017
GNOHA Releases Results of Housing First Report Card
Leading up to the city’s municipal elections in November, the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) has encouraged all New Orleans City Council, mayoral and state treasurer candidates to acknowledge the affordable housing crisis and the ‘Put Housing First’ platform. GNOHA has also secured the commitment of thousands of registered voters to support the organization’s advocacy, ensure the implementation of the 10-Year HousingNOLA Plan and demand that leaders prioritize safe, affordable, healthy housing for all in New Orleans.
GNOHA developed a platform for candidates to respond to and pledged to share the results with its supporters. The platform included a candidate questionnaire and policy proposals, like the Healthy Homes Ordinance, adding more dollars to a Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund and addressing tax relief for low-income homeowners who face increased property assessments and property owners who wish to create affordable housing units. The platform also calls on candidates to support the efforts of public agencies to rebuild mixed-income housing, help find solutions to keep utility costs affordable and help increase housing stock and availability for renters and homeowners with special needs.
On Friday, August 4, the platform was distributed to candidates with responses due back to GNOHA by Friday, August 18. Throughout the week of Sept. 11 – 15, responsive candidates were asked to participate in an in-depth interview with GNOHA representatives to discuss their survey answers and further explain their positions on the items listed in the platform.
Of the 55 surveys that were distributed to candidates, GNOHA received 31 responses averaging around 70 percent or a “C” letter grade. Average results per race were as follows:
- Candidates for treasurer received an average score of 70 (“C” letter grade)
- Candidates for mayor received an average score of 64 (“D” letter grade)
- Candidates for Council At-Large 1 received an average score of 62 (“D” letter grade)
- Candidates for Council At-Large 2 received an average score of 74 (“C” letter grade)
- Candidates for District “A” received an average score of 71 (“C” letter grade)
- Candidates for District “B” received an average score of 70 (“C” letter grade)
- Candidates for District “C” received an average score of 85 (“B” letter grade)
- Candidates for District “D” received an average score of 0 (“F” letter grade)
- Candidates for District “E” received an average score of 75 (“C” letter grade)
A recent poll found that likely voters ranked affordable housing as the second most important issue they would like to see New Orleans’ next mayor and City Council address, behind public safety/crime and ahead of other issues such as flood control, jobs and economy, and infrastructure. Of those surveyed, 93 percent agree or strongly agree that access to affordable housing is important for the local economy. The poll, commissioned by Enterprise with funding from HousingNOLA, the Power Coalition and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, supported in part by the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, surveyed 500 likely voters in Orleans Parish to gauge perceptions and attitudes concerning housing issues in New Orleans.
For more information and the full candidate report card, visit www.gnoha.org/main/put_housing_first.