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Early Voting for the November 3rd Election is October 16th - 27th (excluding Sunday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8am - 7pm.
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HousingNOLA Releases 2020 Report Card on State of Affordable Housing in New Orleans
City of New Orleans Receives Failing Grade
New Orleans is wildly failing when it comes to providing and maintaining stable housing for its residents. The city earned a “F” letter grade on the HousingNOLA 2020 Annual Report Card on the state of affordable housing. The report card grades the progress of HousingNOLA’s 10-Year Plan, including whether elected officials, lenders, policy makers, developers and city and state housing agencies have delivered on their commitments to provide affordable housing.
Energy costs are impacting households. Half of New Orleans residents are housing cost burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their paycheck on housing costs, which includes things like rents; mortgages; real estate taxes; fire, hazard, and flood insurance on the property; and utilities.
One of the factors driving cost burdens for low-income households is energy costs. According to estimates made by the U.S. Department of Energy, rental households earning less than 30% of MFI (an annual income of less than $20,780) were spending an average of 18% of their paycheck on energy costs. Homeowners in the same income group spent an average of 22% of their paycheck on energy costs.
Click to view HousingNOLA’s 2020 Annual Report Card Watch HousingNOLA’s press conference announcing the report card.
OpEd: Louisiana families left out on energy efficiency that could lower bills
The Baton Rouge Advocate recently published an opinion piece on energy efficiency, written by Samuel Sanders with Housing FIRST Alliance of the Capital Area. In it, he writes, “Most Louisianans are spending more time at home than ever before as we try protect ourselves from COVID-19. That also means our household energy bills also are spiking as we crank up the air conditioning, make more trips to the fridge, and use other appliances and equipment that soak up electricity. But it doesn’t have to be that way.” CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Meetings/ Events in October
October 3rd @ 10:30AM Solar for All NOLA Webinar
October 6th @ 7PM Climate Forum
October 13th @ 6PM LPSC Commission Candidate Forum Districts 1 & 5
October 14th @ 1PM Public meeting on Entergy’s 2021 Integrated Resource Plan. Click for more info
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR ALL COALITION MEMBERS
Alliance for Affordable Energy
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance
National Housing Trust
Natural Resources Defense Council