Kelsy Yeargain

City of New Orleans, City Planning Commission
New Orleans, LA

KELSY YEARGAIN is a New Orleans based Affordable Housing Policy and Finance Specialist. For over seven years she led the Tulane Canal Neighborhood Development Corporation as the Executive Director and she was part of the executive team that co-founded People’s Housing+ a new nonprofit designed from the ground up to address racial inequities in affordable housing. Kelsy graduated from the American University of Cairo with a Masters (M.A.) in Refugee and Migration Studies along with a Graduate Diploma in Gendered Political Economy. Her B.A. degree is from the University of North Texas in Sociology with minors in Women’s Studies and Economics. In 2018, she graduated with the inaugural class of UNO’s Community Development Finance Certificate Program. For the past 15 years Kelsy’s career has focused on issues of displacement from natural disasters to forced migrations to the continuing need for affordable housing.



Many in New Orleans spend 50% of their earnings on housing, exacerbating issues of generational poverty. And following Covid-19 and the disproportionate health and wealth impacts of the pandemic, the city is particularly sensitive to the affordable housing crisis. In order to support improved housing outcomes for New Orleans residents, the City Planning Commission will partner with FUSE Corps to assess the opportunities for implementing solutions to bring the city’s various stakeholders and interests together to increase the availability of and access to affordable housing.