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Industrial Development Board is generous with property tax breaks for developers

Apr 29, 2012

For real estate developers, visiting the Industrial Development Board of New Orleans and asking for a property tax break is a worthwhile step as they map out financing for their projects. According to an analysis by the Bureau of Governmental Research, the board has rejected only one request for a property tax break since 1997.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Cuts force changes in mental health care

Apr 26, 2012

Cuts to mental-health services at Interim LSU Public Hospital were “a punch in the stomach,” but they have forced necessary conversations and better identification of high-risk patients, according to city health commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. “The system has started to talk to each other in a way that’s more meaningful,” DeSalvo said Wednesday during a forum on the impact of the cuts hosted by the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: The Times-Picayune

An update on mental-health services in New Orleans

Apr 25, 2012

Two health experts will examine the city’s mental-health system at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: The Times-Picayune

BGR housing study was complemented, not contradicted, by UNO

May 26, 2011

On May 24, The Lens posted an article from Sara Meadows Tolleson on a bill proposed by House Speaker Jim Tucker to consolidate three housing agencies into a new entity. After discussing the need for amendments, Ms. Tolleson attacked the accuracy of a study by the Bureau of Governmental Research on the supply of subsidized rental housing, calling it a “flawed report” and claiming that the study had been “rebutted” by research from the University of New Orleans.

Source: The Lens

Study: Housing for poor lags in N.O.

Nov 25, 2010

The Bond Commission began slowing or stalling approval of New Orleans bond-financed proposals about a year ago, after the Bureau of Governmental Research issued a report finding that since the storm, a larger share of New Orleans families receive federal housing subsidies. The report also suggested that the city may be in danger of having too much affordable housing.
But BGR president Janet Howard said that the BGR was not trying to curtail affordable-housing construction with its study, which didn’t address demand. “It was just about one element: supply,” she said.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Developers not giving up on Blue Plate project

Nov 19, 2010

While Mayor Landrieu has written a letter supporting the project, and the developers are convinced the market will bear additional mixed income rental units, The Bureau of Governmental Research issued a report last year warning about the post-Katrina growth in subsidized rental units.

Source: Fox 8

On Anniversary of Katrina, Signs of Healing

Aug 27, 2010

“That you would end up with a major blight problem was absolutely predictable,” said Janet R. Howard, executive director of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit advisory group here. “You come to a point where you have to get beyond the political question to the actual question.”

Source: The New York Times

Rental programs facing questions

Dec 8, 2009

More than four years after Hurricane Katrina, the state’s troubled rental housing programs are finally bearing fruit, but recent market studies are making some leaders nervous about whether they should continue as they are.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Does N.O. have too much subsidized housing?

Oct 11, 2009

Even before it opened in July, renters were anxious to land an apartment in Walnut Square, a new mixed-income apartment complex in eastern New Orleans.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Housing debate in St. Bernard reflects post-Katrina landscape

Jul 18, 2009

For nearly three months, the meetings about the mixed-income apartment complexes slated for Chalmette have drawn standing-room-only crowds to the St. Bernard Parish government complex.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Made homeless in N.O. by Katrina, now FEMA

May 19, 2009

The Bureau of Governmental Research says New Orleans already has 21 percent more subsidized housing than it had in 2005.

Source: Reuters

Report: N.O. subsidized units up 21 percent

May 15, 2009

The nonprofit research organization’s report, “The House that Uncle Sam Built: The Continued Expansion of Subsidized Housing in New Orleans,” found that the number of subsidized units in New Orleans jumped from 19,865 in 2005 to 23,999 in 2009, a 21 percent increase.

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

Rate of housing aid up in N.O.

May 14, 2009

Group warns trend puts stress on city

Source: The Times-Picayune

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