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Affordable Housing (2007)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-19

Duration: 00:56:38

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Discrimination in housing | Housing market | Mortgage loans | Filmed panel discussions


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Goodson, Mark Interviewee
  • Ferrell, Bonnie Interviewee
  • Guillory, Walter Interviewee
  • Brown, J. Terrell Interviewee
  • Newton, William Interviewee
  • Dangerfield, Tansha Speaker
  • Williams, Elaine Speaker
  • Eichelberger Speaker
  • Green, Marjorie Speaker
  • Lirette, Rebecca Speaker
  • Balfour, Jessica Speaker
  • Radcliffe, Stephen Speaker
  • Radcliffe, Diane Speaker
  • Balfour, Kevin Speaker
  • Grzanka, Sylvia Speaker
  • Thibodeaux, Jay Speaker
  • Grzanka, Tom Speaker
  • Reilly, Sean Panelist
  • Hoffman, Phil Panelist
  • Bailey, Milton Panelist
  • Hamilton, Gwen Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 19, 2007, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the affordable housing market in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Mark Goodson, Center for Excellence; Bonnie Ferrell, builder and owner of Bonnie Ferrell and Company, Inc.; Walter Guillory, Lafayette Housing Authority; J. Terrel Brown, GMFS Lending; William Newton, Louisiana Department of Insurance. The audience members then discuss their views on the ongoing housing market crash and housing rates following Hurricane Katrina. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Sean Reilly, Louisiana Recovery Authority; Phil Hoffman, Louisiana Housing Finance Agency; and Gwen Hamilton, Baton Rouge Area Foundation. They discuss: the gap between income rates and housing costs, mixed income housing developments, and local zoning and land use plans in areas rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman