GP supports NOLA Families

Green Party Urges Support for New Orleans Families Threatened With Eviction

  • Protection needed for low- and middle-income residents facing fast-track development and powerful real estate interests in post-Katrina city; Common Ground, assisting tenants, cited as leader for housing rights 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders urged national support for 100 families who face eviction from the Woodlands Apartment Complex in the Algiers area of New Orleans. 

“In New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas, middle- and low-income working people have been forced out of their homes twice — first, because of Katrina, and then because of development plans designed to benefit wealthy real estate companies and landlords,” said Louisiana Green Party member Romi Elnagar. “The Green Party supports the Woodlands tenants and Common Ground, the New Orleans based non-profit that managed the property for the past five months.”  

Malik Rahim, who ran for New Orleans City Council in 2002 on the Green Party ticket, co-founded the Common Ground Collective <> in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The collective distributed aid and established a community health clinic, drawing support from across the U.S.  Common Ground has worked to transform Algiers and other neighborhoods into a model for just and sustainable alternative communities, and had succeeded in holding the rents at Woodlands to pre-Katrina levels — the lowest in the city.  Common Ground rehabilitated 100 units at Woodland, helped establish a strong tenants’ union, and ran a workers’ cooperative with paid skills training. 

Rents in New Orleans are now double what they had been before the storm. Powerful developers and landlords are evicting members of the historically predominant African American population and other working and poor residents from their homes. 

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