City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell gestures as she responds to a question Wednesday night at “The Big Issue” panel discussion on gentrification at Tulane Hillel, while Flozell Daniels of the Foundation for Louisiana listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
As the cost of living in New Orleans continue to rise, pressuring low-income families to give up homes they have held for years, the city has a dedicated tax that raises nearly $4 million a year intended to promote affordable housing.
But that money, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told a standing-room only crowd Wednesday night, is instead being spent by the city on code-enforcement efforts — which can actually increase the pressure on poor families to sell their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods. Continue reading »