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REAL Insurance Solutions!

Our elected leadership must ignore the corporate lobby and support community solutions that bring our insurance and energy rates down permanently by making our communities more storm resilient. 

  1. Provide assistance to weatherize homes and businesses

  2. Subsidize insurance premiums to bring rates down for Louisiana families

  3. Reform the Louisiana Citizens Insurance Corporation

  4. Stop the taxpayer funded bailout for insurance corporations who have ripped off Louisiana consumers for years



#PutHousingFirst Evaluates Candidates Based on Commitment to Affordable Housing

While the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance does not officially endorse any political candidates, GNOHA releases the #PutHousingFirst Candidate Scorecard as an indicator of a candidate’s concern, or lack thereof, regarding affordable housing. We encourage voters to consider the #PutHousingFirst scorecard as they participate in early voting and go to the polls on Election Day.

What do our grades mean?

Our finalized grades are calculated based on the responses we received from our questionnaires as well as an interview score given to each candidate. Final grades are not an endorsement. Rather, our scorecard is meant to inform voters of where candidates stand on affordable housing issues.

Candidates who submitted completed questionnaires but did not participate in an interview could not surpass a maximum of a 71% C based on their questionnaire responses. Candidates who failed to respond or complete their questionnaires received a 0% F.

Incumbents who completed their questionnaires and interviews were also held to a review of how their time in office either promoted or hindered the preservation and production of affordable housing in Orleans Parish.

How It Started


In 2017, the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) developed the first #PutHousingFirst Platform outlining the needs for New Orleans residents along with public policy recommendations to meet those needs. #PutHousingFirst released their first Candidate Scorecards that same year for both the municipal election and general election in New Orleans.

#PutHousingFirst continued to provide voters with Candidate Scorecards in the 2018 election for Congressional District 93 Representative. For the November 2018 election, #PutHousingFirst began including ballot initiative analyses into their scorecards to break down how constitutional amendments or propositions impact affordable housing development. These efforts carried on into the 2019 election, 2019 Parishwide Propositions, 2020 election, and 2020 run-off election.

For the Fall 2021 election, GNOHA sent #PutHousingFirst Platform Questionnaires to over sixty candidates running in eleven races for State Representative of District 102, New Orleans Sheriff, New Orleans AssessorNew Orleans Mayor,  Councilmembers-At-Large for Divisions 1 and 2, and City Council for New Orleans’ five districts, which yielded a 62.5% questionnaire response rate and 35 candidate interviews across all races -- the highest engagement the #PutHousingFirst campaign has had since first establishing the Candidate Scorecard process.

The questionnaires sent to the 2021 Councilmember candidates lifted up voters' concerns about climate change’s impact on the future of their city and the lack of progress on working affordable neighborhoods to survive storms like Hurricane Ida in the future. The candidates were also asked to make a commitment to New Orleans communities over the powerful corporate influence of companies like Entergy and elected officials selling out to the fossil fuel industry while neighborhoods remain vulnerable to severe weather.

The percentage grades for the 2021 City Council and Sheriff run-off candidates, methodology for grading, and affordable housing platform questionnaire responses can be found here. The final grade calculations for the 2022 candidates running for 2nd City Court Clerk can be found here.

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