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February 7, 2007

Road Home “Bill of Rights”

Filed under: New Orleans,Think New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 2:05 pm

Thank the Goddess for the good folks of CHAT (Citizens Road Home Action Team). They have been working hard to clear up the murky soup that is the Road Home Program.

From the T-P:

A newly formed group advocating for Road Home grant applicants has released “Bill of Rights,” which it calls “minimal guarantees that we believe grant applicants deserve.”
The document comes from the Citizens Road Home Action Team, or CHAT, and seeks to prod more efficient delivery of federal grants from the $7.5 billion hurricane aid program to owners of flooded homes and rental properties. In the short time since the group formed, it has succeeded in getting several policies it believes will smooth the application process.
CHAT’s bill of rights:
I. The right to the complete rules of the program.
II. The right to timely processing of your application.
III. The right to a fair and swift resolution of errors, disputes, and appeals.
IV. The right to a fair and accurate calculation of your benefits and tender of your award (acceptance of grant money without losing the right to dispute resolution and appeal).
V. The right to simple, fair, and easily understood closing papers.
VI. The right to simple and fair rules for lenders to administer grant funds (disbursement accounts) that make it easier to rebuild, not more difficult.
VII. The right to accurate information about the status of your application by informed and trained personnel within 24 hours of your request.
VIII. The right to reasonable residency requirements for grants and loans and fair rules for grant benefit assignment or compensation if you must sell your home.
IX. The right to receive sufficient affordable or forgivable loans to enable you to rebuild or repair if you have a low pre-storm appraised value.
X. The right to have the disposition of LRA-acquired RHP properties benefit grantees and the neighborhoods in which such properties are located, with neighborhood input in the process.

August 11, 2006

Rising Tide Convention!

Filed under: Civic Blogging,Event,New Orleans,Think New Orleans — Tags: , , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 7:47 pm

Rising Tide’s Convention schedule is now available. Please plan to attend, or else.

August 4, 2006

UNOP is Insane

Oh my yes! The so very “democratic” UNOP Plan… freakin’ B/S!!! I can fuck their voting system 10,000 ways from Sunday.

This is another facet of the screw-job that the people of New Orleans are getting from the State and our local morons in our city guv’mit. These monies were given to the people as part of the Reparations due to the failure of the Feds’ botched levee job, and they are skewing the system for those whom Congress DID NOT INTEND THESE FUNDS FOR.

Alan at Think New Orleans has the story straight on the latest round in the battle:

Outsourcing Democracy


The citizens of New Orleans have been asked to choose the planners that will guide them through the process of developing a city wide plan for rebuilding. The method to record the response of the neighborhoods is an online poll. The online poll is open to fraud.

  • Suffrage is determined by the possession of an email address.
    • For many residents an email address is very difficult to obtain.
    • For anyone with knowledge of email, infinite unique addresses can be generated instantly.
  • An email address does not define a resident of New Orleans.
    • Anyone can vote without any indication of residency in New Orleans, let alone a specific neighborhood or planning district within New Orleans.
    • Anyone on the Internet can vote, even people living in other countries.

It is a childish implementation of a poll, easily gamed, impossible to verify.

This voting is being conducted under the contract of an architectural firm, Concordia, LLC. It presents and obvious conflict of interest.

Any neighborhood, dissatisfied with the results of a process that hinges upon this poll, can reasonably insist that the results of this poll be discarded.


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