"Homelessness, Displacement, Evictions . . . This Sounds Familiar": New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
By Hannah Adams, Guest Contributor
In both disasters, large regions lost the majority of their affordable housing stock, resulting in massive spikes in homelessness and displacement. UNITY of Greater New Orleans reports that homelessness rates effectively doubled in the city from January 2005 to January 2009.  The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center adds that New Orleans experienced a population loss of over 140,000 according to the 2010 census, and that poor New Orleanians and families with children under eighteen were among those less likely to return.  Meanwhile, the Under Tents Campaign reports that 400,000 Haitians remain homeless in displacement camps where they face gender-based violence, disease, unsanitary living conditions, and flooding.