Press Conference: HUD’s Criminal Lockout Of The Residents Of The Lafitte Housing Development Must Stop!
For ten months the residents of the Lafitte Housing Development have been exiled from their homes by authorities. Initially, the residents of Lafitte were ordered to leave their homes on the grounds that Hurricane Katrina threatened public safety. After the storm housing authorities refused to reopen any of the hundreds of apartment units at Lafitte that escaped flooding and serious wind damage. To insure that residents are denied ready access to their homes housing authorities have placed locks, post-Katrina, on the entrances to the development’s apartments. Only the management of HANO has the keys to these locks. Finally, HUD recently announced that it would seek the demolition of the Lafitte Housing Development. This demolition, amidst a dire shortage of affordable housing, is intended to serve as the prelude to the construction of a movie studio.
Using the fallout from Hurricane Katrina as a pretext for permanently expelling the residents of the Lafitte from their homes violates state law, national law and international law. It is ethnic cleansing. It must be stopped.
Join residents and supporters on Monday July 17th in their fight to make the right of return a reality for the residents of this community.
July 17, 2006
715 North Claiborne Avenue
Lafitte Housing Development
Sponsored by Lafitte residents, United Front for Affordable Housing and C3/Hands Off Iberville. For additional information call Mike at 587-0080.