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"This is My Home"
Documentary

Public housing destroyed by fraud




A vicious scheme to depopulate the city

New Orleans had some of the best built public housing stock in the country.

Then along came "Katrina."

Katrina did very little damage to public housing in New Orleans, but after the evacuations caused by the levee failures, public housing units in the city were locked and apartments were sealed.

All this took place in spite of the fact that there was a desperate shortage of housing in the city post-Katrina, especially low cost housing.

Long time residents, many of them black and poor were effectively barred from returning to the city where they had families, communities, employment, churches and businesses.

Lawful tenants were in essence evicted from their homes by the thousands without a hearing.

Since this film was first shown, the vast majority of public housing in New Orleans has been bulldozed.




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