Katrina Isn’t Over

On this four year anniversary of Katrina, I am still saddened by the slow progress to rebuild much of New Orleans.

Granted if you visit the typical tourist spots it looks as if everything is in order. But you don’t have to look far to see how much much is still left to do. And a quick look at the demographics tells the picture even more clearly. There are still an estimated 67,000 abandoned or vacant properties.

Want to help? Consider donating money to a true grass roots organization–The Pro Bono Project. It is a non-profit organization based in New Orleans. Founded in the mid-1980s by the Louisiana Bar Foundation, it provides civil legal services to the poor and indigent in a six-parish area by engaging private attorneys to provide their services at no cost.

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the city has resulted in a loss of attorneys, businesses and other sources of funding, while legal needs for the poor have increased well over 200–400%. Additionally, legal needs that were almost non-existent before Katrina have emerged as key issues hampering the rebuilding of the city and the return of its population. Most notably, there is an estimated 26,000 succession (probate) cases waiting to be resolved. Wage and employment issues have also increased due to the massive rebuilding efforts in the region. Family law issues (divorce, custody, etc.) likewise have increased, often related to the stress brought on from the events of Katrina. For the most part, it is the continually emerging legal issues that underlie much of the delay in returning residents to the city.

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