Mayor La Toya Cantrell  Calls For A Study Of Tiny Homes

Mayor La Toya Cantrell Calls For A Study Of Tiny Homes

The Affordable Housing Crisis In New Orleans

Written By Janet Thome

Mayor La Toya Cantrell- The first female Mayor in the 300 year  history of New Orleans has called for a study of tiny homes and other affordable housing solutions. New Orleans received $28 million in federal tax credits and block grants.

The funding came through the Louisiana Housing Corporation’s 2019 Piggyback Awards. New Orleans developments received nearly $3.4 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and $24.5 million in Community Development Block Grants.

Together, these developments will produce 642 affordable residences.

Article Source New Orleans City Business

Mayor La Toya Cantrell Kicks Off Affordable Housing Tour

On August 7th, 2019  Mayor LaToya Cantrell  kicked off the  Affordable Housing Tour (AHT) in the Lower Ninth Ward.  The AHT is a series of community meetings to engage the public in discussions regarding the future of affordable housing in the City of New Orleans. During the 7-stop tour the Mayor will visit each district (Districts C and E twice) to outline her plan and available resources provided by the City to ensure equitable and affordable housing in New Orleans.

Next Stop Of The Tour Sept 19th, 2019

The next stop with be at 6pm at Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center  at 4300 St. Claude New Orleans , La. 70117  on Sept 19th, 2019.

Tour Schedule

Councilwoman Kristin Palmer is considering tiny homes as a possible solution.

Kristin Gisleson Palmer represents New Orleans City Council District C which includes Algiers, French Quarter, Marigny, Treme, St. Roch and Bywater neighborhoods. She chairs the Transportation and Governmental Affairs Committees, focusing on regionalism within the transportation sector,

As an affordable housing advocate and a neighborhood preservationist, she has tackled the City’s Short Term Rental program, fighting developers to keep homeowners in neighborhoods.

Kristin Palmer  visited Micheal Burnside’s tiny house, one of the smallest homes in New Orleans

Micheal was homeless for eight years before he saved up to build his own 176 square foot home. It cost him $16,500 to build his home and it is now assessed for $87,000. The lot cost Micheal $5110. This puts his assessed value at around $500 a square foot. His neighbor’s homes assessments range from $33 to $196 a square foot.

Article Source WDSU News

Burnside said he finds comedy in his situation, and he hasn’t decided whether or not to contest the assessment or sell the home and build another one. A new assessment to Micheal’s tiny home could make a big difference because he lives on a very small amount monthly.

Article Source WDSU News

Sept 3rd, 2019 Tweet From Councilwoman Kristin Palmer

” I’m  interested in looking at opportunities to build tiny houses for our homeless population. Money and resources would have to come from many sources though. Just a thought. What do you think?”

We Think Yes!!!

Mayor LaToya Cantrelll

Councilwoman Kristin Palmer and Mayor La Toya Cantrell invite  everyone to the Affordable Housing Tour to listen to your concerns and solution strategies.

Tour Schedule


Louisiana Tiny Home News

Louisiana Tiny Home News

Push for affordable housing options Sept. 17th, 2019

Voters expect to cast ballots Saturday, Oct. 12, to determine who will occupy the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. But they will also be asked to vote on an amendment that could impact New Orleans housing.

A “yes” vote will not mean a tax increase in any Louisiana parish, not even New Orleans.  Mayor LaToya Cantrell visited Lake Charles on one of her stops across the state to make sure voters understand this and to seek support for Constitutional Amendment 4.

“I’m talking about making housing more affordable for the cost-burdened,” she said. “It’s a demographic that includes working families who make too much to qualify for certain government assistance, but don’t make enough to afford housing, the ones who wonder, ‘Why am I always the one who gets squeezed?’ ”

Article Source American Press

Mayor LaToya Cantrell calls for a study of ‘tiny houses,’ other affordable housing strategies August 22nd, 2019

Cantrell is interested in whether “tiny houses” can work in New Orleans, whether the city should ban converting residential buildings to commercial, and how it can best encourage the redevelopment of vacant property.

Article Source The New Orleans Advocate

Nationwide packs Prime Time agenda with new partners and programs August 17th, 2019

The company will unveil a tiny home, which attendees can walk through to experience the growing product category.

Article Source Breaking News

Project Community: Man living in tiny house facing big bill after property assessment August 15th, 2019

For eight years, Burnside was homeless. He saved up enough with his modest $660 retirement stipend to buy the land. He built the house himself.

Article Source WDSU News

Is there a bigger future for tiny homes in Louisiana? ‘It’s not a bunch of gypsies in a wagon’ April 14th, 2019

Interest is growing in tiny houses — dwellings less than 400 square feet inside — and the state has re-written its code to provide for the diminutive domiciles.

Article Source The Advocate

There’s no place like these unusual New Orleans homes Feb 3rd, 2019