Christopher Homes

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Christopher Homes, also known as Christopher Park Homes, was a public housing project in Algiers, New Orleans, operated by HANO, with originally 200 townhouse style units which opened in 1971.[1]

It was celebrated as the nation's first rent-to-own public housing project.[2] In the 1980's Christopher Homes had a high prensence of drug and gang activity and was one of many HANO developments experencing crime problems. NOPD nicknamed Caladium Ln as "Crack Zone" due to the large amount of Crack-Cocaine sales in that area.[3] The project also made national headlines in 2003, when a 16-year-old girl was violently stabbed in a fight during a block party.[4] The stabbing was among many other murders committed in the housing project before it closed. In 2007 a taxi driver was shot to death in Christopher Homes as he was ambushed by thugs attempting to rob him.[5] Conditions in Christopher Homes where bad before Hurricane Katrina with dead grass and broken windows. Numerous buildings where also abandon and covered with graffiti. In 2004 only 150 units remained as the rest were demolished or burnt down. HANO stopped leasing vacant apartments at the complex several years before Katrina, and by 2005 only 80 units were occupied.[6] In 2013 HANO demolished Christopher Homes due to high vacancy and crime.[7]