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Locked Out of Lafitte - Homeless on the Street
by Darwin BondGraham Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 at 9:14 PM (email address validated)

Why is Nola's homeless population growing? Ask the homeless....

Locked Out of Lafitt...
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The City Council and Housing Authority of New Orleans claim that public housing residents aren't being locked out, and that planned demolitions have not prevented anyone from returning to the city. They claim that demolition is for the good of the residents and the city as a whole.

Council member Jackie Clarkson explains that with public housing, “We did not displace the poor, and I plan to make sure we don't." (Times-Picayune, Dec. 19, 2007).

It took this reporter only 5 minutes under the Claiborne Ave. bridge to find several public housing residents who have been living on the streets since HANO locked them out in late 2005. Living alongside other long-time New Orleans residents and many more homeless men and women who came here after the storm looking for work, public housing residents are on the streets, cold, hungry, tired, and they want to come home.

The following videos are of a short interview with Reg, a Lafitte resident who has been homeless since HANO locked him out. His plight is now compounded with the recent City Council vote to demolish his home. [Listen carefully, the audio is poor and the highway above creates much noise].

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Reg From Lafitte
by Darwin BondGraham Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 at 9:14 PM

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Reg explains that his neighbors in the Lafitte are still displaced from New Orleans, from Houston to Alabama. He says most of his fellow Lafitte tenants oppose demolition and want to come home. He believes that demolition is a plan to prevent the black working class from returning to New Orleans. "They're trying to accomplish... to get us out!"

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