Sustainability is a Major Goal for the Strategic Plan
New Orleans, December 11, 2015 – The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) has released HousingNOLA, a strategy and implementation plan for the city of New Orleans to address its housing needs over the next decade.
The plan is the result of over a year of research, analysis, and community engagement, and is intended to guide housing and neighborhood development through the next 10 years, with ongoing solutions and strategies to revise and rebuild housing in the city. The plan was developed by GNOHA and its members, with coordination with local and state agencies, and funded by Foundation for Louisiana along with the Ford Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
The comprehensive housing plan addresses five specific goals for current and future housing stock: affordability, displacement, sustainability, quality of life, and accessibility.
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a member of Housing NOLA’s Policy Working Group, and met monthly with other stakeholders to help craft policy recommendations that will guide New Orleans toward more sustainable building stock.
“New Orleans historic housing stock has long been the pride of the city. It is beautiful and iconic. Many of those historic homes waste an enormous amount of energy. Families in Louisiana now consume twice the amount of energy as the national average, and have shocking electricity bills to show for it,” Logan Atkinson Burke, Manager of Administrative and Regulatory Affairs of the Alliance for Affordable Energy said.
The Housing NOLA plan shows a commitment by advocates, developers, and local leaders to foster affordable and sustainable housing that will reduce energy costs and address household financial burdens.
Thoughtful crafting, implementation, and enforcement of policy that affects energy use can mean all families have access to efficient, healthy, and safe homes.
The Alliance worked with Green Coast Enterprises and other members of GNOHA to develop comprehensive policy recommendations to clear the way for more sustainable housing. They will continue to engage with GNOHA to create solutions for New Orleans families.
Read the plan at HousingNOLA.org