Low-income housing advocates demand stop to American Can evictions

New Orleans housing advocates called Thursday (Dec. 22) for a real estate developer to stop evicting low-income renters at the American Can Co. apartment building in Mid-City.

News Story (Louisiana)

Katherine Sayre
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
December 22, 2016

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Tax-exempt Bonds

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


Esnault lives in one of about 53 units set aside for low-income and moderate-income tenants in the 268-unit American Can building at 3700 Orleans Ave., which is owned by Georgia-based Audubon Communities. The reduced-rent units were required under an agreement with the New Orleans Industrial Development Board, which issued $29 million in tax-exempt bonds for the 2001 renovation of the building. That requirement expires Jan. 31, according to housing advocates.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid group, and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center issued a cease-and-desist letter Thursday to American Can’s owner. It demands a halt to the evictions.