We wish to express our sincere thanks to the New Orleans City Council and especially Councilman Jared Brossett for his leadership in authoring and ensuring passage of the living wage ordinance.

This is vitally important to our city and especially for the economically challenged children, families and seniors we serve at Kingsley House. Passage of the living wage ordinance will help tackle what is inarguably one of the greatest impediments to success for our city and state, ensuring that our hard working citizens are provided a fair and adequate wage to at least be able to meet their basic living needs.

While the city’s consideration of the ordinance was taking place in the public eye, Kingsley House’s senior leadership team was grappling with the issue of economic inequality as it impacts not only the services we provide in the community but also as it relates to our own Kingsley House family.

As recently noted in a report released by The Data Center, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the conversation in metro New Orleans is less about post-disaster recovery and more about the challenge that many communities face today: the need to shape an economy that works for people.

Leaders here are striving to grow good jobs, help the long-term unemployed and reduce racial disparities in employment and incomes. What sets metro New Orleans apart today is not the challenges it faces but the effort the community is putting in to develop solutions.” How we choose to respond to the challenge of economic inequality is paramount to the continued recovery of our community.

To that end, we are proud that we were able to take immediate action to revise our salary standards to ensure that all of our 200 employees will earn no less than a living wage of $11.08/hour, and we hope all nonprofit organizations and businesses will take this time to reflect on what they can do to lessen the income disparity that plagues our community and commit to a living wage for all.

Kit Fritchie

board president, Kingsley House

New Orleans

Keith Liederman

chief executive officer, Kingsley House

New Orleans