Norfolk's Affordable Housing Crisis and the Closure of the St. Paul's Public Housing Communities
NRHA and the City of Norfolk are planning to close the three public housing communities located in the St. Paul's area of Norfolk: Tidewater Gardens, Calvert Sqaure and Young's Terrace. NRHA's and the City's plan only call for 709 replacement units in the rebuilt St. Paul's area. At present, these communities contain 1,674 affordable housing units which house 4,174 residents, over 2,000 of whom are children. In a city with a severe affordable housing crisis already, a city that has one of the highest eviction rates in the United States, the loss of these homes will have a lasting impact on Norfolk and its low-income community. To find out more, see the presentation below, given by LASEV's Deputy Director and Director of Litigation, Sarah Black, at the April 15 meeting of the Advocates for Racial Equality, or read a copy of the Complaint in Bryant, et al. v. City of Norfolk, et al., the lawsuit Legal Aid Society and its partners, Hogan Lovells and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, filed against the City of Norfolk, NRHA and HUD on behalf of residents and community groups in the St. Paul's Quadrant.