housing

Betsy Shepherd / WWNO

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.

Bobbi-Jeanne Misick / For WWNO

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.

Ben Depp / National Geographic Society

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

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

A little after 10 a.m. Monday morning, the First City Court of New Orleans granted an eviction order for the first time in over three months. First City Court handles the majority of evictions on the east bank of New Orleans, while Second City Court handles the majority of those on the west bank.

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

New Orleans’ First and Second City Courts, which handle the majority of the city’s evictions, won’t start proceedings for newly filed eviction cases until July 6, according to courts spokesman Walt Pierce.

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