Why We Build 2017

A few stats on the need for affordable housing in New Orleans:

  • 58% of single mothers in New Orleans live below the poverty line.
  • 48% of children in New Orleans live in single-mother homes.
  • 84% of respondents in domestic violence programs report that they need help with finding affordable housing.
  • 55% of households in New Orleans are rentals.
  • The median income of renters in New Orleans is $24,000.
  • The annual income needed to rent a 2-bedroom home at fair market rent in New Orleans is $38,000.
  • 38% of renters in New Orleans pay more than half of their income on rent.
  • Over 12,000 rental households live in units with moderate to severe physical problems.
  • The New Orleans waiting list for Section 8 vouchers is 28,000 people long and only opens every seven years.
  • The annual income needed to own a median-priced home in New Orleans is $54,000.

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