Funding For Construction Projects Increase With Lower Ninth Ward

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One year before Hurricane Katrina, it was reported that 4,663 of the 14,008 worked within the neighborhood. As 2011, 1192 which was about half the population worked in the neighborhood. The majority of the current jobs within the neighborhood are located on the boundary line of St. Claude. Others are employed in nearby neighborhoods such as the upper ninth ward, and bear by parish of St. Bernard. These jobs are mostly minimum wage with 27.9% of the 2011 population earning less than $1250 a month which is a decrease from the 42% of the 2004 population. 50.6% earn up to $3,333 and 68.7% above the poverty line as of 2012 (Lower Ninth Ward Statistical Area). There are a few active signs of the building of new business. The 31.3% poverty of the population shows evidences that there is still a need for services, employment, and resources for this community. Research shows that since Mitch Landrieu took office in 2010, funding for construction projects increase with Lower Ninth Ward first on its list. The funding was as follows: $60 million for street repairs, $50 million for rebuilding schools and $14.5 million for a new community center. As of 2012 there was little sign of new construction for this neighborhood (Parker, 2012). However, there is evidence that more families are returning, moving in, and people are taking pride in the community. This is evident in the increase of Community Gardens, small number of bilged homes removal, rebuilding of family homes, and a small number

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