To build homes in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families, whereby families are empowered to transform their own lives; and to eliminate substandard housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 1983 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Since its inception, NOAHH has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. The program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes. New Orleans continues to rebuild housing that was destroyed by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina. NOAHH has become a beacon of hope in this rebuilding process by recruiting and deploying tens of thousands of volunteers to construct new homes in damaged, blighted neighborhoods. With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners across the country and even the world, NOAHH’s homebuilding capacity has increased annually since 2005. New Orleans is a city with historically low rates of homeownership and high levels of poverty, yet it is a place of resiliency, hope, and cultural vibrancy. With a spirit of renewal, NOAHH is rising to the challenges presented by a substandard housing stock and is helping many to realize their dream of homeownership.
“We all see there’s a huge need for affordable housing. Anyone will tell you, the most rewarding interaction is with the first time homebuyer who thought they’d never be able to buy a house.”– Elizabeth Selasky, Women’s Council of Realtors, New Orleans Habitat Volunteer
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983. By the early 2000s, the affiliate was averaging 10 homes per year until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Post-Katrina, New Orleans Habitat has built over 550 homes. The affiliate has more than 40 full time employees, a ReStore discount home improvement store and more than 600 partner families. New Orleans Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village is one of the most notable rebuilding projects in New Orleans. The Village is home to 72 partner families and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
- Since its incorporation in 1983, New Orleans Habitat has built over 630 homes and remediated over 200 more in the New Orleans area.
- Prior to Hurricane Katrina, NOAHH built 10-12 homes a year.
- Currently, NOAHH builds 25-30 homes a year.
- NOAHH has had a $307,000,000 impact on the economy of New Orleans* between 2006 and 2012.
- New Orleans Habitat’s Musicians’ Village consists of 72 single-family homes, five elder friendly duplexes, a toddler-friendly pocket park and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.
- 80% of the homes in Musicians’ Village Core Site house musicians.
* According to a study conducted by EMH Strategy and Management Consulting in 2012