Governor To Landlords: Please Make Rental Units Affordable For Flood Survivors

Mar 21, 2017
Originally published on March 23, 2017 11:13 am

Even before the March and August floods hit Louisiana, the state faced a shortage of affordable rental housing. That shortage grew as homes flooded and became uninhabitable. On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced an initiative to help fill that need. Wallis Watkins reports.

Along with Housing and Urban Development and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, the state is looking for good neighbors - landlords and property owners willing to dedicate available units to flood survivors.

"As owners of units, we're asking you to make the rates affordable for a certain period of time," pleaded Governor Edwards on Tuesday.

Edwards says the Louisiana Housing Heroes Initiative is an attempt to increase the number of affordable units available for those still displaced. The area has seen rental prices skyrocket in the months after the flood.

First priority will be the more than three hundred households still living in hotels. The next focus will be on those in FEMA trailers. No incentives are being offered for participation at this point, but the hope is that people will respond out of goodwill.

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