The count: the number of affordable low-income units in New Orleans that will return to market-rate apartments by 2031

(Source: Tulane City Center) Following the debate over expiring tax credits at the American Can Apartments and how to maintain housing for low- and middle-income renters who depend on the affordability of those units, housing advocacy groups say there likely are more debates to come.

The count: number of people who remained in jail for a total of 203,762 days in 2015 because they couldn’t make bail

In a report looking at New Orleans' "user-pay" criminal justice system, the Vera Institute of Justice found a wildly disproportionate bail system that significantly affects poor black New Orleanians and costs taxpayers millions of dollars. January's "Past Due: Examining the Costs and Consequences of Charging for Justice in New Orleans" found that on any given day in 2015, 558 people were jailed because they couldn't make bail or pay fines and fees.

The count: the number of states that raised their minimum wage as of 2017

Louisiana is one of only five states with no minimum wage law of its own, observing only the $7.25 federal minimum wage for non-tipped workers. (Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee are the other four.)

The count: the number of shootings in New Orleans in 2016 (as of Dec. 20)

Source: Jeff Asher, Crimealytics ( 2016 will be remembered as yet another bloody year in New Orleans, with the most gunshot victims since 2011, according to crime analyst Jeff Asher.

The count: New Orleans settles with 17 plaintiffs over NOPD civil rights violations and killings

$13.3 million
The settlement reached between the City of New Orleans and 17 plaintiffs who sued the city following the deaths of family members at the hands of the New Orleans Police Department following Hurricane Katrina In an emotional address Dec. 19, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the city will pay more than $13 million to settle civil rights lawsuits stemming from the killings of three people by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) following Hurricane Katrina and subsequent cover-ups.

The count: the percentage of overall turnout that was down between the Nov. 8 primary and the Dec. 10 runoff

54 percent
SOURCE: Dr. Edward Chernevak, University of New Orleans Election fatigue?

The Count: funding from Community Development Block Grants headed to Louisiana flood relief

$1.2 billion
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Dec. 8 to send nearly $4 billion in disaster relief funding to states impacted by weather disasters in 2016. The resolution earmarks $1.5 billion for Louisiana, with more than $1 billion coming from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for housing and other services.

The count: risk a Louisianan will be diagnosed with HIV

1 in 56 — the national average is 1 in 99
Source: Centers for Disease Control This photo, taken in 1999 at a demonstration at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, shows the Shreveport chapter of ACT-UP demanding government action on the AIDS crisis.

The count: amount of Louisiana’s shoreline that receded up to 8 meters after the BP disaster

16,000 meters
Source: NASA/U.S. Geological Survey The BP oil disaster in 2010 accelerated coastal land loss in Louisiana, as the oil made shorelines more vulnerable to erosion.

The count: pounds of pecans expected to be harvested in Louisiana in 2016

4 to 5 million
Source: LSU AgCenter Thanks to insects, fungi and other pests, Louisiana pecans had a tough year in 2016, according to a release by the LSU AgCenter.

The count: unofficial turnout of Louisiana registered voters in fall 2016 election

67.1 percent
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State Statisticians — and sociologists — will be combing through lots of data from last week's presidential election, but early numbers suggest that two-thirds of eligible voters in Louisiana went to the polls to cast ballots.

The Count: the number of early ballots cast in the 2016 fall election in Louisiana

That's 17 percent of total registered voters in the state; as of Nov. 1, Louisiana had 3,022,075 registered voters. By contrast, the 2012 presidential election saw only 356,603 early ballots cast.


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