Katrina Pain Index
Three Years Later New Orleans
By Bill Quigley
August 25 2008
0. Number of renters in
0. Number of apartments currently being built to replace the 963 public housing apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the St. Bernard Housing Development.
0. Amount of data available to evaluate performance of publicly financed privately run charter schools in
.008. Percentage of the rental homes that were supposed to be repaired and occupied by August 2008 which were actually completed and occupied — a total of 82 finished out of 10,000 projected.
1. Rank of
1. Rank of
4. Number of the 13 City of New
10. Number of apartments being rehabbed so far to replace the 896 apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the Lafitte Housing Development.
11. Percent of families who have returned to live in Lower Ninth Ward.
17. Percentage increase in wages in the hotel and food industry since before Katrina.
20-25. Years that experts estimate it will take to rebuild the City of
25. Percent fewer hospitals in metro
32. Percent of the city’s neighborhoods that have fewer than half as many households as they did before Katrina.
36. Percent fewer tons of cargo that move through
38. Percent fewer hospital beds in
40. Percentage fewer special education students attending publicly funded privately run charter schools than traditional public schools.
41. Number of publicly funded privately run public charter schools in
43. Percentage of child care available in
46. Percentage increase in rents in
56. Percentage fewer inpatient psychiatric beds than before Katrina.
80. Percentage fewer public transportation buses now than pre-Katrina.
81. Percentage of homeowners in
300. Number of National Guard troops still in City of
1080. Days National Guard troops have remained in City of
1250. Number of publicly financed vouchers for children to attend private schools in
6,982. Number of families still living in FEMA trailers in metro
8,000. Fewer publicly assisted rental apartments planned for
10,000. Houses demolished in
12,000. Number of homeless in
14,000. Number of displaced families in
32,000. Number of children who have not returned to public school in
39,000. Number of
45,000. Fewer children enrolled in Medicaid public healthcare in
46,000. Fewer African American voters in
55,000. Fewer houses receiving mail than before Katrina.
62,000. Fewer people in
71,657. Vacant, ruined, unoccupied houses in
124,000. Fewer people working in metropolitan
132,000. Fewer people in
214,000. Fewer people in
453,726. Population of
320 million. The number trees destroyed in
368 million. Dollar losses of five major metro
1.9 billion. FEMA dollars scheduled to be available to metro
2.6 billion. FEMA dollars scheduled to be available to State of
Bill is a human rights lawyer, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and author of the forthcoming book, STORMS STILL RAGING: Katrina,
Bill’s email is email@example.com.
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