Resistance Radio-NOLA 4-8-2019: Inclusionary Zoning
In New Orleans, the median household income is roughly $36,000 a year, or less than $3,000 a month, after taxes. Meanwhile, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city is $1,100 per month and rising, And most working class New Orleanians are paying more than 50% of their monthly income on rent. Financial best practices tell us that you should not spend more than 30% of your monthly income on rent. In line with the nationwide trends, costs of living have been rising exponentially in New Orleans while wages have been stagnant for decades. Put all this together and it doesn’t take a ton of brainpower to see why New Orleans is and has been mired in an ever deepening housing crisis. And as usual, its impacts are hitting the poorest and brownest of our citizens the hardest. In this episode, we’re talking about the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans and we do a deep dive on “inclusionary zoning” - one strategy in our arsenal to combat it. As always, we also have your weekly activism updates. Tune in to this week’s episode of #ResistanceRadio!