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America's COVID-19 Housing Crisis Is Hurting Black Women Most | TIME

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04 Apr 2021

Joining us in the chat is Kathleen Flynn, New Orleans-based independent photojournalist and filmmaker, Frank Southall, Lead Organizer at Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, Breonne DeDecker, Program Director at Jane Place, Hannah Adams, Staff Attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, and Andreanecia M. Morris, Executive Director for HousingNOLA.

More info on the organizations represented:

Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative is a Community Land Trust and housing rights organization committed to creating sustainable, democratic, and economically just neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is a nonprofit that provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people in six offices, across 22 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana.

Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization established to eradicate housing discrimination.

HousingNOLA is a 10-year public private partnership working to solve New Orleans' affordable housing crisis.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the world economy, New Orleans had an eviction problem. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ample low-income housing was never fully rebuilt, leaving tenants in the city fighting for the few affordable options available. In a new documentary for TIME, filmmaker Kathleen Flynn spent 6 months following the struggles of two single moms in New Orleans whose uncertain housing situations reflect what is happening around the country. The COVID-19 Eviction-Defense Project has estimated that at least a quarter of U.S. renters—up to 23 million Americans—could be pushed out of apartments. And the National Women’s Law Project found that Black women have been twice as likely to be behind on rent as white renters during the pandemic. The struggle is a grim echo of life after Hurricane Katrina, when Black women and families were slower to recover and permanently fled New Orleans. For those who returned, many are reliving the trauma of housing instability, this time with the added risk of a deadly virus.

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