HUD investigated Satchmo Plaza that is owned by Central City Housing Development Corp. That’s a corporation owned by Orleans Parish judge Harry Cantrell, a Democrat.
Satchmo Plaza is a home for the old and disabled, who are among the most vulnerable people in society. HUD found that the home is a dangerous death trap for its resident.
From the Times-Picayune:
A local judge is being criticized by federal officials for running a Central City housing complex for the elderly and disabled that is riddled with “dangerous health and safety risks.”
Satchmo Plaza, operated by the Central City Housing Development Corp., which is headed by Orleans Parish Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell, racked up more than two dozen violations during recent inspections for infestation, damaged doors and stairs, mold and mildew build-up, and health and safety threats related to electrical hazards.
“As a result, it subjected elderly and disabled tenants to dangerous health and safety risks and is at risk of losing its housing assistance payments contract,” according to the July 27 report by the Office of Inspector General with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 1980, HUD gave the corporation $929,400 through a direct loan program to develop Satchmo Plaza, a 34-unit complex at 1716 S. Saratoga St.
The report also stated that the corporation failed to make monthly deposits into its reserve fund, and pay a $75,000 judgment against it for failing to file audited annual financial statements to HUD from June 30 2007 to June 30 2008.
Yeah…..Hurricane Katrina, which was nearly 11 years ago, caused all of this. If you believe that, then I have a bridge for sale over the Mississippi River.
This is yet another New Orleans politician who thinks the law doesn’t apply to him. Next time you hear Democrats talk about how they care for the poor and vulnerable in society, remember this case.