Low-income residents being ousted from New Orleans’ American Can Co. affordable-housing complex

With the complex's affordable-housing agreement set to expire in January, Esnault and dozens of other residents have been told to clear out.

News Story (Louisiana)

Katherine Sayre
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
December 20, 2016

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


Even if an apartment were available elsewhere, Esnault said moving would be a challenge. Applications to other complexes that accept vouchers require a $35 fee and a $300 deposit, a cost he said would be challenging on his fixed income.

Hannah Adams, an attorney with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services who is representing Esnault, said she’s looking at various strategies that might be able to keep the American Can residents in their homes, both by examining the requirements for the other types of funding provided to the developers and by looking at whether the evictions disproportionately hurt specific groups such as disabled residents or minorities.