New Orleans, La. - HANO wants to unload dozens of properties.
The housing authority has announced plans to sell properties scattered all over New Orleans in an effort to alleviate blight.
Most of the properties have not been used for many years.
HANO issued the following statement about its plan to sell the properties.
New Orleans, LA (October 11, 2013) - Today, The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) issued a Request for Bids for the purchase of scattered site properties located throughout New Orleans, some to be sold in clusters and others individually. All sealed responses to this solicitation will be received until Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at HANO's Department of Procurement and Contracts located at 4100 Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70122.
HANO will accept either a market bid or affordable housing bid, and each respondent must indicate the offered purchase price for the property it wishes to purchase. If affordable housing is proposed for a property, defined as affordable to households making 80 percent or less of Area Median Income (AMI), the minimum bids will be set at 10 percent of the listed price. The sale of all properties will be awarded to the potential buyer with the highest bid, with bids for affordable housing having preference. In the event that the highest bidder cannot close in the prescribed timeline, the next highest bidder has the opportunity to purchase the property. All final sales on properties are subject to the approval of HANO's Board of Commissioners. Additional guidelines for the Request for Bid package, and property listing can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.hano.org/business/active_solicitations.aspx.
"These properties have not been in use for many years and our hope is to put them back into commerce while encouraging the development of affordable housing," said Administrative Receiver David Gilmore. "Our goal is to foster healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and to alleviate blight. Putting these properties back into commerce will also have the potential to add value to neighborhoods and generate additional sales and property tax revenue for the City."
HANO originally owned 1,381 scattered site properties, most of which were developed in the 1960's and 1970's. The original goal of the Scattered Site Program was to integrate low-income families that receive public housing assistance into neighborhoods throughout the city. At the time of development, HUD provided the initial operating funding.
For many years, HANO worked hand in hand with The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Special Application Center (SAC) along with The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans City Council to demolish and dispose of many agency-owned properties that were deemed uninhabitable, which was exacerbated as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
HANO currently operates 85 scattered site units, with 44 additional properties pending submission to SAC for disposition approval.