Housing group calls for more flexibility in determining size of voucher payments

News article by Jessica Williams
January 22, 2016

The Data Center   (New Orleans)

The Housing Authority of New Orleans has issued nearly 18,000 vouchers, with voucher families constituting a quarter of all rental households in the city. Meanwhile, the number of families living in traditional public housing has fallen.

However, voucher recipient concentration in high-poverty areas after the storm has been well-documented, most recently in a Data Center report in July that also called for ZIP code or neighborhood-level fair market rents.

That report found that voucher-recipient families in New Orleans are far less likely to live in low-poverty neighborhoods than their peers elsewhere in the United States and that the city’s black voucher recipients are less likely to live in low-poverty areas than their white counterparts. What’s more, many voucher families are concentrated in New Orleans East, where reliable public transportation and job centers are scarce.