I ended my last post on the city’s announcement of Target Recovery zones by asking how this first phase of rebuilding, redevelopment and renewal will go forward. Karen Gadbois and Laureen Lentz of Squandered Heritage will be featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition regarding the houses on the City List that will be demolished after the March 31st deadline. Karen points out a very disturbing fact about this deadline, which relates one source of Target Recovery funds to the criminal delay of the Road Home program.
Many of the 280+ homes on the current list are a threat to health and safety but there are some which are marginal and cases where the homeowner is awaiting word from the Road Home regarding their funds to repair their property.
… when speaking of his many pots of money for redevelopment [Blakely] mentions [that] the no. 3 ˜chunk“ would come from blight bonds. These bonds would use blighted property adjudicated from homeowners to fund Blakely“s projects.
Here is a glaring example of the lack of coordination between New Orleans and Louisiana governments. How will an owner know whether or not to keep his land and home while not knowing the amount of his reimbursement in time? Does the city have the right to effectively seize homes despite proof of ownership and a known Road Home delay? If such cases are only a small percentage of the list, can and will the city make an exception for them? Educate me.