2017 Policy Victories
Affordable Housing Impact Statement: On January 12th, City Council officially adopted the Affordable Housing Impact Statement Ordinance which will serve to inform, educate, and ensure that government process and action do not undermine the goal of the supply and affordability of housing in New Orleans.
Smart Housing Mix Study: On February 21st, the City Planning Commission unanimously accepted the inclusion of HousingNOLA’s Smart Housing Mix Study into the CPC’s study on mandatory inclusionary zoning in New Orleans in partnership with Grounded Solutions Network.
Opposition to Senate Bill 162: Successfully opposed this legislation, in partnership with Put Housing First and statewide partners, which attempted to weaken the laws that allow for mandatory inclusionary zoning.
Opposition to House Bill 676 and House Bill 525: GNOHA pushed for the defeat of these “sanctuary policy” bills that intended to strong-arm local law enforcement into enforcing federal immigration laws that violate the 4th Amendment.
QAP Rural Funding Allocation: In the first draft of the Qualified Allocation Plan, the Louisiana Housing Corporation included a 10 point bonus for projects located in rural areas. There was already a pool of funds dedicated solely for projects in rural areas. GNOHA argued that this 10 point bonus would give rural projects an unfair and unnecessary advantage in the general funds pool, with there being a much greater demand for urban projects. Through our advocacy, the LHC removed this 10 point bonus from the QAP.
QAP Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant Areas: GNOHA successfully advocated for the inclusion of implementation grant recipients (aka Treme/Iberville in New Orleans) to receive a 10 point allocation in the Louisiana Housing Corporation's Qualified Allocation Plan.
Transit Oriented Development: The City Planning Commission accepted most of HousingNOLA’s recommended amendments on transit oriented development to the City’s Master Plan.