New Orleans, LA -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is scheduled to demolish over 5,000 units of public housing in New Orleans- a move housing advocates in New Orleans say is the latest in a long string of bad policy decisions that defy common sense and have left more than 12,000 people homeless.
"Take it from a resident who was there 27 years, there were such good things about publichousing," says Kawana Jasper, 27-year resident of St. Bernard Parish. "We lived like normal people who own homes, on holidays we got together as a family. We'd barbeque, we'd have block parties to watch movies and have DJs spinning. Around the holidays it was always decorated. We had our differences but we were a community, a family. We have to fight to protect that."
Senator David Vitter
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Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is a national alliance of 60 community and labor organizations working for social justice and human rights. We represent thousands of people in 21 states, including
We are outraged to learn that this week 4 large public housing complexes are to be destroyed in the city of
For two years, federal, state and local governments have not lived up to their responsibilities to the people of
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We strongly urge you to exercise your leadership and influence to help make this bill law and to intervene to prevent the destruction of public housing. It could mean that thousands of families in
Michael Leon Guerrero
On behalf of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance