HUD reduces rental assistance to Katrina survivors

Dr. Calvin Mackie responded on behalf of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) late last week regarding the announcement by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin reducing the level of rental assistance that will be provided to hurricane victims through the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP).

An excerpt:

While the Road Home is expected to deliver more than 90,000 grants to Louisiana homeowners by the end of the year and our programs to restore more than 30,000 rental units are in full swing, the bottom line is that not all of these units will be available before March, and we are still experiencing a severe housing shortage at every level.

When you have “severe housing shortages,” bad things happen: people get sick, crime increases, kids are left homeless and hungry. I thought Republicans were the party with the moral high ground; this sure doesn’t help promote families.

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

2 responses to “HUD reduces rental assistance to Katrina survivors”

  1. Anonymous says :

    This has gotten ridiculous…..why aren’t we still supporting everyone from the dust bowl?? Is it supposed to be going on forever or are they expected to get a job and support themselves at some time??? The disaster is over with….move on!!! Relocate, be a man (or woman)!!

  2. Jane Doe says :

    Try survive a hurricane or two, being displaced from your home, loose everything (including your sanity). I’ll listen to your comment then. It is always easier said if you’ve never experience it yourself. As a social worker i’m working hard everyday helping these people getting back on their own two feet. There might be a few individuals who is taking advantage of the system but there are many more who are god honest people, struggling every day just to make ends meet. Its not like these people choose to be where they are, ended up being homeless, broke, pathetic and despised. I have a client who worked two jobs to pay his bills, go to school full time to earn his degree and work another job for free to earn experience for this chosen career. He is depended greatly on the assistance provided by the program because without it he would be homeless, becoming a sad and pathetic addict, or dead in a ditch somewhere. For most of my client, its not that they don’t want to be better but was never given a chance by people who think that they should just pick themselves up by their boot strap and “be a man/woman” and tought it out. Sometimes people also forget that there are also small depended children involved in the already complicated equation. Basically what i’m saying is, there are always more than that things seems (many many more). It is hypocrites to judge and condemn before actually experience or having knowledge of the situation.

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