[News] Katrina Pain Index - 2009
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August 18, 2009
Katrina Pain Index - 2009
By BILL QUIGLEY & DAVIDA FINGER
0. Number of renters in Louisiana who have
received financial assistance from the $10
billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program
Road Home Community Development Block Grant compared to 116,708 homeowners.
0. Number of hospitals in New Orleans providing
in-patient mental health care as of September
2009 despite post-Katrina increases in suicides and mental health problems.
1. Rank of New Orleans among U.S. cities in murders per capita for 2008.
1. Rank of New Orleans among U.S. cities in percentage of vacant residences.
2. Number of Katrina cottages completed in
Louisiana as of beginning of 2009 hurricane
season under $74 million dollar federal program.
33. Percent of 134,000 FEMA trailers in which
Katrina and Rita storm survivors were housed
after the storms which are estimated by federal
government to have had formaldehyde problems.
35. Percent of child care facilities re-opened
in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
35. Percent increase of demand in 2009 at
emergency food programs in New Orleans and
surrounding parishes, an increase pinned on the
swelling ranks of under-employed and rising food, housing, and fuel costs.
50. Ranking of Louisiana among states for overall healthcare.
52. Percent increase in rents in New Orleans since Katrina.
52. Percent of federal rebuilding money
allocated to New Orleans that has actually been received.
60. Percent of children in New Orleans public
schools who attend public charter schools.
88: Percent of the 600 New Orleans residents who
will displaced by proposed new hospital complex who are minorities.
160. Number of units which will be public
housing eligible in the new St. Bernard area
after demolition and rebuilding. St. Bernard was
constructed with 1400 public housing apartments.
Only a small percentage of the 4000 families in
public housing in New Orleans before Katrina will
be allowed to live in the new housing being
constructed on the site where their apartments were demolished.
27,279. Number of Louisiana homeowners who have
applied for federal assistance in repair and
rebuilding after Katrina who have been determined
eligible for assistance but who have still not received any money.
30,396. Number of children who have not returned
to public school in New Orleans since
Katrina. This reduction leaves the New Orleans
public school population just over half of what it was pre-Katrina.
63,799. Number of Medicaid recipients who have
not returned to New Orleans since Katrina.
65,888. Unoccupied addresses in New
Orleans. This is 31% of the addresses in the
City and nearly as many as Detroit, a city twice the size of New Orleans.
128,341: Number of Louisianians looking for work.
143,193. Fewer people in New Orleans than before
Katrina, according to the Greater New Orleans
Community Data Center estimate of 311,853, the
most recent population estimate in Orleans.
9.5 Million. Dollar amount of federal Medicaid
stimulus rejected outright by Louisiana Governor
Bobby Jindal which would have expanded temporary
Medicaid coverage for families who leave welfare and get a job.
98 million: Dollar amount of unemployment
federal stimulus dollars rejected by Louisiana
Governor Bobby Jindal that was available to
bolster the unemployment compensation funds to
assist 25,000 families in Louisiana.
900 Million: Dollar amount paid to ICF
International, the company that was hired by the
State of Louisiana to distribute federal Road Home rebuilding dollars.
?. Current vulnerability to storm-related
flooding. The Army Corps of Engineers continues
work to provide protection from a storm surge
that has a 1 percent chance of occurring any
given year. However, Katrina was a stronger storm
than the system under construction is designed to
protect against. Because no updated indicators
exist on land loss, coastal restoration and
mitigation of flood risk due to human
engineering, tracking recovery is, at best, challenging.
Davida Finger is a social justice lawyer and
clinical professor at Loyola University New Orleans.
Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer on leave
from Loyola now serving as legal director at the
Center for Constitutional Rights. A version of
this article with sources is available if you
write to the authors c/o <mailto:quigley77 at gmail.com>quigley77 at gmail.com.
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