As workers move to complete a $13 million revamp of the Florida housing development, the Housing Authority of New Orleans is accepting applications from would-be tenants.
The agency also is taking applications for several of its so-called “scattered site” apartments around the city, officials said.
The application period opens at 8 a.m. Monday and will close at 5 p.m. Friday.
HANO began rebuilding the Florida development in the Upper 9th Ward in 2013, restarting an overhaul that Hurricane Katrina had scuttled for nearly a decade.
The original makeover, which began in the late 1990s and was partially completed in 2004, replaced many of the barracks-style, three-story buildings first erected in 1946 with townhouse apartments and two-family homes. Those new homes were damaged and their occupants scattered after floodwaters swamped the city in 2005.
Construction on 51 new Florida units with one to three bedrooms each will be finished in late spring, HANO spokeswoman Lesley Thomas said.
HANO also is opening its waiting list for eight scattered-site units Uptown, on the West Bank and elsewhere in the city. Those units have as many as four bedrooms.
It’s the first time in at least 10 years that the agency has opened waiting lists for scattered sites or Florida, Thomas said.
Submitting an application does not guarantee placement. More than two dozen former Florida housing residents, who were given first preference to return once the new units were completed, have committed to doing so, which leaves about two dozen units for everyone else. And there already are 57 applicants for HANO’s scattered sites, though most of them want bedroom sizes that aren’t available, Thomas said.
To qualify for public housing, applicants must earn no more than $33,600 a year for a one-person household or $48,000 a year for a four-person household. That’s up sharply from 2015’s limits of $25,200 for a one-person household and $36,000 for a four-person household.
Income limits for other household sizes are available at hano.org.
All applications must be submitted online. Applicants may apply at hano.apply4housing.com or use the computers at the new Florida management office at 2521 Independence St. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. next week. They may choose either the Florida site or scattered sites, or both.
Placement on the waiting list depends on the date and time applications are submitted and the unit size needed. HANO gives preference to elderly and disabled applicants, as well as those who can show proof of continuous employment.
Applicants will be notified by mail when their name comes to the top of the waiting list.
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