FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Writers’ Foundation (LWF) in cooperation with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) will develop a Writers’ Housing Outreach program aimed at educating New Orleans families, poets and writers on affordable housing.
“As New Orleans was home to many, many poets and writers prior to Hurricane Katrina, the literary population of New Orleans was severely displaced as a result of the storm,” stated Robert Smallwood, Executive Director LWF. “We have identified a need to assist with housing options to allow writers to return to the area and continue to develop their craft in a familiar place.”
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will work to assist writers with the Habitat home application process realizing the many challenges they face with income reporting and credit. Many previous applicants have had similar situations as the New Orleans area has a proliferation of non-traditional, contract jobs.
“Habitat has set forth a program that enables low-income families to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes,” stated Jim Pate, Executive Director, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “Our mission is to fight against substandard housing and blighted neighborhoods, by building affordable housing with partner families.”
About The Louisiana Writers’ Foundation (LWF) The Louisiana Writers Foundation is an organization created to support the efforts of Louisiana writers and to preserve the literary heritage of the state hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
About New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH)
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH), an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since its inception in 1983 NOAHH has built over 130 new homes for low-income families in need of adequate shelter. In the next five years, NOAHH plans to build 1,500 homes in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes.