After Hurricane Katrina wiped out a lot of available housing, the city did away with the rule that required city employees live in New Orleans, until the law went back into effect this year.
Today, council members on the Governmental Affairs Committee discussed giving the administration the ability to grant case-by-case exceptions -- for example, if a city employee had to move to handle an ongoing family need.
"Are we really going to fire them if they are -- if they have to move to another parish to take care of their father with Alzheimer's for an indefinite period of time?" councilwoman Stacy Head asked. "Or do we want to have the ability to have someone...make a thoughtful decision as to whether or not that person should be granted an exception."
Councilwoman Head's proposed changes would also give new hires not currently living in the city up to 180 days to find a place to live in New Orleans.