Still No Home for the Holidays: A Report on the State of Housing and Housing Discrimination in the Gulf Coast Region

Still No Home for the Holidays

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Over a year has elapsed since the hurricanes of 2005 wrought destruction and devastation on the Gulf Coast, yet countless numbers of evacuees remain unable to return home. Today, the region continues to undergo extensive repair and rebuilding but many people remain displaced, without stable long-term housing and usually struggling to make mortgage or homeowners insurance payments.

To exacerbate matters, housing discrimination continues to play a role in steering African-Americans away from housing opportunities. All told, circumstances on the Gulf Coast have precluded the return of many evacuees to their homes and livelihoods.