While hurricane recovery aid has largely helped bolster the Gulf Coast
economy, there are now signs that the country’s ongoing mortgage crisis is
hitting home. Focusing in on Hurricane Katrina victims, USA Today reports that several
nonprofit housing consulting agencies are finding foreclosure cases piling up. "We're
seeing a pretty steady stream of foreclosure issues," says Bruce Dorpalen
of ACORN Housing in New Orleans. A number of issues, including the end of moratoriums
on mortgage payments by banks in Louisiana and Mississippi and ballooning debt
for victims trying to repair their homes and pay off mortgages, have helped
According to the online foreclosure Web site RealtyTrac , foreclosures in Louisiana and Mississippi have been well behind the rates
in other states. The site, which says Louisiana foreclosures are now trending
upwards, lists 650 foreclosures in Louisiana and 148 in Mississippi for the
month of February, compared with more than 12,000 in Texas for the same month.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.