Two years after Katrina devastated the communities in the Gulf Coast, the hopes and potential of the residents has steadily expanded the mandate of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has completed 71 houses, and has 133 more houses under construction. Including the 49 'Camp Coastal Partnership' Houses brings the total number of houses finished or started at 253. The houses are located in nine different neighbourhoods, prominent among them being the Musicians Village project in the Upper Ninth Ward.
Additional projects in the pipeline include the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project slated to start in May 2008.
In addition to these ongoing projects, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, recruited thousands of volunteers who have gutted 2,000- 2,500 homes in St. Bernard Parish project. So far 49,000 individuals have volunteered in NOAHH's rebuilding mission since Hurrican Katrina and the economic impact of the volunteers is a whopping $7,334,194.88!
NOAHH continues to actively seek homeowner families and has distributed 11,520 applications, with 2779 applications submitted so far. 3-6 Partner families are added every week to the program.
All these projects are made possible through the hard work of our Board of Directors, Staff and volunteers as well through donations from individuals, groups, foundations, congregations , organizations and corporations from around the country and around the world.
We express our gratitude to all our supporters and ask for more support in the coming months and years, as we continue to rebuild communities and provide decent shelter for hardworking families. On our side, we shall continue to redouble our efforts, and ensure more and more families achieve their dream of homeownership.
Please also see CNN Katrina Anniversary coverage for additional reportage.