Tuesday, the Housing Authority of New Orleans held its first meeting since the April 8 departure of administrative receiver David Gilmore.Tuesday’s meeting was overseen by Willie Garrett, director of public housing in Detroit, who is temporarily fulfilling the responsibilities of the board. It was sparsely attended and moved along at a rapid, business-like rate, finishing in just over 20 minutes.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development installed a temporary team to run HANO after Gilmore stepped down from the position he had held since October 2009.
During the meeting, Garrett did approve two agenda items concerning legal representation for HANO and flat rents for housing residents.
HANO will offer two-year contracts with the option for a third at a cumulative value not to exceed $700,000 per year to the following law firms: Rodney & Etter; Burglass & Tankersley; Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann; Decuir, Clark & Adams; the Law Office of Alexandra Mora; and LeBlanc Butler.
The contract represents a $600,000 per year reduction compared to previous years, according to HANO.
HANO also established new flat rents for public housing residents as required by HUD’s 2014 Appropriations Act.
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