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New Orleans Three Years After the Storm: The Second Kaiser Post-Katrina Survey, 2008

This comprehensive Kaiser Family Foundation survey of the experiences of New Orleans residents reveals a still-struggling population that gives very mixed reviews in key areas of the recovery efforts. Most residents feel forgotten by the nation and its leaders yet are still optimistic about their city’s future.

Overall, the study finds about four in 10 residents who lived through the storm report that their lives are still very or somewhat disrupted — only marginally better than the share who reported this level of disruption in Fall 2006.

Designed and analyzed by Foundation researchers, the survey was fielded house-to-house and by telephone in Spring 2008 among 1,294 residents of Orleans Parish. The survey is the second of at least three that the Foundation will conduct to track residents’ experiences and views as the city rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaches that devastated huge sections in August 2005. By providing an over-time assessment of residents’ experiences, priorities, goals and concerns, the Foundation hopes to give people a continuing chance to report on how the recovery effort is affecting them, to inform leaders of the public’s priorities and to maintain national attention on the efforts to rebuild New Orleans.

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Low-Income Adults in New Orleans in 2008: Who Are They and How Are They Faring?