New Orleans explores affordable housing options as demand grows |

The post-Hurricane Katrina shortage of affordable housing, coupled with stagnant wages, is a cancer eating away at the city, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said.

It makes life difficult for people who live in the city and creates a near impenetrable barrier for those the storm displaced who want to return. Unfortunately, New Orleans doesn't have a good track record when it comes to solving these long-standing issues or developing master plans to attack the disease at its root, she said.

Construction crews work on the demolition of apartment buildings at Lafitte Housing Complex where a few protestors and spectators showed up to watch the progress Thursday, April 10, 2008. (Photo by Jennifer Zdon, | The Times-Picayune)

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