UPDATE: I see from a comment that audio may be autoplaying? Autoplay is very annoying and I didn’t mean for that to occur. I think I have fixed it but if it is still autoplaying could you please leave a comment?
Rep. Barney Frank chaired a hearing today on the Federal Housing Response to Hurricane Katrina. Rep. Frank has promised legislation to deal with the situation. For background on that situation you can read this piece by Loyola law professor Bill Quigleywho has been advocating for the rights of residents. (To his possible professional detriment I may add, as the Housing Authority of New Orleans threatened to take him before the bar association disciplinary board if he did not agree to stop discussing, online and to the press, a lawsuit against HANO and HUD in which he represents housing residents.)
Whatever one may think should occur with public housing in NOLA I do believe it has been incredibly unjust that residents have not been allowed back to their homes since Katrina and now live in limbo.
Below is an audio of the opening statement of Ms. Julie Andrews, Spokesperson for Residents United and a Public Housing Resident, who testified before the committee today on how residents feel and how they just want to come home. It was the most emotional testimony today with perhaps the exception of when Frank was fed up with HUD officials non responsive answers to questions. Barney is something.
For a text version of Ms. Andrews full testimony go here. She began today with…
We the people of New Orleans public housing, need to come home in order to rebuild our cities, to reform our communities, to raise our children, who are victimized in other cities. As displaced people, the poor and oppressed communities feel we are taking something away from them.
Below is audio of her full statement…