Work begins on unified affordable housing policy

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Posted: Jul 13, 2011 11:32 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, lawmaker, state, housing, agencies, consolidate, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - A group of lawmakers and state officials are meeting Thursday to consolidate Louisiana's multiple housing agencies into one public corporation.

The new Louisiana Housing Corporation, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, will develop a unified housing policy across the state. LHC will take the reins of programs that are currently spread across five agencies.

Due to a shortage of quality affordable housing in Louisiana, including residences for people with disabilities and seniors, lawmakers approved the change in the just-ended legislative session. Jindal said the new corporation will eliminate duplicative and inefficient management.

But critics worry that that the move could cause the loss of federal housing assistance dollars, or that the law fails to guarantee that affordable housing advocates and racially diverse stakeholders will have a voice in the reorganization.

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