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Veronica Reed

Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative

New Orleans, Louisiana

Jane Place, a CLT Committed to Affordable Rental Housing and Renters’ Rights

Summary

Jane Place advocates for policy changes that address some of the key factors that lead to household insecurity in New Orleans: short term rentals, high rates evictions and no tenant protections.

Description

JPNSI’s mission is to build the permanently affordable, community-controlled housing and to build community power to win equitable housing policies and laws so low and moderate-income New Orleanians can enjoy housing security and resist displacement. JPNSI’s three pillars of work are: development of permanently affordable housing; community centered advocacy based on independent research focused on increasing the supply of quality housing affordable to low and moderate income households; and community engagement activities focused on building community power in low and moderate income households to fight for housing rights.

As a CLT, JPNSI is continuing a legacy created by working-class Black Southerners to create community control of land and community control of political power. The JPNSI intersectional model places Black, Latinx, women, youth, elderly and queer folks at the forefront of organizing. JPNSI’s development, advocacy and organizing work offers solution of a just-transition from an extractive and exploitative economy to one that benefits and empowers those currently at the margins.

JPNSI also identifies and works to change policy and regulations that threaten the viability and livability of Black communities. A two-year campaign resulted in changes to the City’s short-term rental regulations. developed a model lease that includes payment of deposit over-time Right to Counsel in Eviction Court Rental Registry.

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