How you will provide better access to quality housing and address delinquent and predatory property owners?

Glenn Lazard
Glenn Lazard
Candidate for City Council District 5

The simplest solution is to provide our residents with the education and skills necessary to obtain jobs that pay a sufficient "living wage" so that they can afford to purchase homes. It is a known fact that homeowners tend to take better care of their property than renters. This in turn uplifts the entire community. As far as "slum lords" are concerned, we simply need to hold them accountable by strictly enforcing, and in some cases even strengthening, current ordinances that require properties to be kept up to a certain standard.

Lionel Rodriguez
Lionel Rodriguez
Candidate for City Council District 5

I have been in the business of homeownership for over 35 years, so this subject is very important to me. First, we have to stop the number of low-income housing developments on the Northside. I would advocate for more mixed-income housing developments. I would also support the creation of the Lafayette North Redevelopment Board as put forth in the Coalition of Black Organizations agenda. This board would focus on landing bank-owned properties and putting them back into productive housing for our community. Tenants have rights. I would promote continuing education for tenants so predatory property owners do not take advantage. Most importantly, access to better quality housing will come with economic development and higher wages.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Candidate for City Council District 5

Since many of the houses in District 5 are rental properties, I will educate the constituents on rental rights and hold landlords accountable for maintenance of their property. I will work to bring affordable mixed/upper income houses, which also encourages growth.

Aaron Staten
Aaron Staten
Candidate for City Council District 5

1. By introducing smart resolutions and ordinances. Example, an ordinance requiring all rentals be registered, livable, and inspected yearly: accountability.
2. Meeting with current developers and prospective developers on how we can improve regulations to produce quality housing in accordance with the community's voiced expectations.