Helping Meet Housing Needs After Katrina

Helping Meet Housing Needs After Katrina

Blog, Case Studies, Disaster Assistance, Disaster Relief, Featured, Go-Zone
After Katrina and Rita, the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) served an important role in rebuilding community facilities including hospitals and schools, helping businesses replace damaged furniture and equipment, and bringing life back to devastated areas. Disasters isolate low-income areas that already lag far behind affluent communities in the availability of basic services like healthcare as well as the physical infrastructure needed to grow businesses and create economic opportunity. The construction of facilities and infrastructure is important, but economic recovery is difficult - if not impossible - if residents have no where to live. Katrina and Rita collectively displaced 1.3 million people and caused severe or major damage to tens of thousands of owner-occupied homes in areas struggling with high poverty and unemployment before the storm. The NMTC played an…
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The NMTC as a Disaster Assistance Tool

Blog, Disaster Assistance, Disaster Relief, Go-Zone, Katrina
The GO Zone Act of 2005Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated many New Orleans, Alabama, and Mississippi communities that were already reeling from decades of poverty, unemployment, and economic stagnation. In the wake of Katrina, Congress passed The Gulf Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) Act of 2005, P.L. 109-135, which provided tax relief to The GO Zone, comprised of those counties or parishes that were deemed eligible by FEMA for “individual assistance” or “individual and public” assistance in after the storm. The GO ZONE encompasses 91 counties or parishes, including: eleven counties in Alabama; 31 parishes in Louisiana; and 49 counties in Mississippi. In light of both the devastation of Katrina and the extensive poverty that pre-dated the storm, the legislation included a temporary $1 billion expansion of the federal government's…
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