Agency adds 155 units to city’s affordable housing stock

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) will celebrate the completion of the third phase of redevelopment in the Guste Homes Community Wednesday, April 11. Tours of the new units, located at 2100 Clio Street, will be available between the hours of 11am and 1pm.

The William J. Guste Homes community was originally built in 1964 with 993 public housing units. The initial site consisted of one 12-story high-rise, elderly-only building and six low-rise buildings. In 2004, HANO began its full redevelopment following approval of a conversion plan by HUD and the subsequent demolition of the low-rise buildings through the use of a HOPE VI Grant.

Construction of phase III began in 2013. The $61 million project was financed with $26 million from HANO, $21.9 million from FEMA, and $13.1 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The new one, two, three and four bedroom units include Energy Star appliances and are also pre-wired for cable and internet. Community supportive services provided by the Guste Resident Management Corporation are available for residents living in the community.

Currently, there are 638 homes located on the entire Guste site; 577 of which are public housing units.

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