housing

Tens of thousands of households in Louisiana can’t afford their rent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly released data, and the worst-hit region is Orleans Parish.

Nearly 30,000 households are at risk of eviction, facing a rental shortfall of an average $680. To learn more, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with Jessica Kemp, the vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence, a Louisiana nonprofit that focuses on regional planning.


More than 100 protesters were gathered in front of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Thursday, blocking the Loyola Avenue and breezeway entrances, chanting phrases of resistance like, “The people united will never be defeated!” and awaiting the signal — a shout of “Hands up!” that means someone, possibly a lawyer or landlord is trying to enter the courts.

On a scorecard evaluating the work states are doing to prevent homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana received 0 out of 5 stars.

Louisiana landlords will not be allowed to evict their tenants until June 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday, and while housing advocates praised the move, they say evictions should be suspended through the summer to align with federal housing protections under the CARES ACT.