In the interest of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with state and city instructions and recommendations from the WHO and CDC, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will be suspending operations until Monday, March 23. We will reassess on a week to week basis going forward. We are working hard to keep people safe, and we are already in the process of determining how best to serve our partner families going forward. To contact one of our staff, please click on our staff directory here. For Habitat staff, please find our emergency information page here. Contact your manager for the password if you do not already have it.
A Message From Our Executive Director
To our friends:
Please know that your safety and well-being and that of our partner families is top of mind for me, the entire Habitat team and our board of directors. No one ever wants to suspend operations, but given the fast pace of change, it was the right and responsible thing to do. We have suspended volunteers until April 30, and we have suspended our operations on construction sites, in our offices, and at both of our ReStores.
We are working on plans on how to best serve our partner families during this crisis, and we will be assessing the situation for reopening on a week-to-week basis going forward. For now, we will continue taking applications for our homeownership program, which our Family Services staff will be processing remotely. We are also looking at other ways we can serve our partner families and continue our mission during these extraordinary circumstances. We look forward to being back on the build site and serving the community as soon as it is safe to do so.
For those who have questions or concerns, please see our staff directory for contact information.
The days and weeks ahead will be difficult, and we will be challenged in ways not yet imagined. But I do know this: if there’s one thing Habitat knows and does well, it’s improvising, innovating, and problem-solving. It’s what we do every day. This affiliate has faithfully served our community for over 37 years, building homes and providing home ownership opportunities to those in need; we have endured through many challenges that have brought out the best in our partner families, our volunteers, our donors, and our staff. Your support has been vital in the recovery of our city. Together, we will get through this.
Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to get updates from the city on COVID-19 and visit the NOLA Ready site for more information and resources directly from the city.
From healthcare concerns to unemployment insurance. If you have or know of resources to add to this list, email us here.
- Updates from Ochsner on COVID-19: information on Ochsner facilities and access and other coronavirus information.
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself: Wash your hands. Sanitize and disinfect. Stay at home if at all possible.
- CDC: If You Think You Are Sick: For more information on what you can do if you think you might have coronavirus.
- Updates on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization: Rolling updates on coronavirus news.
- Is It Flu or Coronavirus?: information from Ochsner.
- How Social Distancing Helps: information from Ochsner.
- Mental Health Resources from NOLA Ready.
- Online 12-Step Resources.
Income and Other Resources
- The tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15.
- Small Grants for Hospitality Workers: from United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
- Unemployment Support from the Louisiana Workforce Commission: for those who have lost work, had reduced hours or reduced pay, or otherwise have had your jobs affected by COVID-19, you can use this form to apply for unemployment support. Click here for the Workforce Commission website.
- Apply here for relief funds for musicians from MusicCares.
- New Orleans Business Alliance Gig Worker Relief Fund: for our musicians, rideshare drivers, and other gig workers, this fund may be able to provide small grants for temporary financial relief.
- Resources for food and nutrition in New Orleans from NOLA Ready.
- Information about utilities in New Orleans from NOLA Ready.
- A community poll from the Central City Renaissance Alliance.
- Community resources from Dirty Coast.
- How to Identify a Census Taker: to avoid those who might be taking advantage during this time of heightened stress.
For Families With Children
- Schools in the New Orleans area offering lunches for children: free lunch programs for school children in the New Orleans area during coronavirus.
- Nutrition programs for families from NOLA Public Schools.
- Scholastic’s daily reading resources for kids learning from home.
- Tutors from Homework Louisiana every day, from 2 pm to midnight.
- Free subscriptions from education companies for those learning from home.
- Proposed daily schedule for parents with kids learning from home from Khan Academy.
- Resources from PBS: daily tips, 24/7 streaming site, and a parents’ page.
- Good Housekeeping’s list of DIY projects for kids.
- Recipes you can cook with your kids.
- A list of science experiments you can do at home with kids.
- Check out NORDC’s website for a list of summer offerings and preregistration online.
For Fun or Entertainment During Quarantine
- Georgia Aquarium Live Cam: a little light entertainment for those in quarantine.
- A Daily Activities Schedule for Kids: for those trying to figure out what to while your kids are home from school.
- Things Teenagers Can Do in Isolation: activities for your teenagers during quarantine.
- NPR: Virtual Concerts for Isolation: online live performances.
- Write mom a haiku for Mother’s Day (for kids).
- Have you ever wanted to say you’ve taken an Ivy League course? All eight of the schools making up the prestigious Ivy League – Harvard, Yale, Princeton , Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia — offer online classes to the public for free. You can also check out Coursera.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has several courses on its website designed to help beginners and established business owners. The topics include an overview of the legal requirements for small businesses and a section for young entrepreneurs.
- Would you like to brush up on your art skills? Check out the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. (CDT) weekdays. Artist Mo Willems is offering live “lunch doodle” classes.
Enjoy a 10-minute Bounce ‘n Line instructional video from New Orleans’ own Dancing Grounds.
Missing concerts amid coronavirus? Check out these big-name artists sharing live music for free online.
Friend of Habitat Big Freedia Friday night free concert series kicks off tonight at 8pm on Facebook & Instagram!
Catch a digital drag show with some of the world’s most renown queens.
Culturalyst founder Sam Bowler recognized how detrimental the shutdown of music venues would be to artists, so he quickly got to work to create a new platform on Culturalyst to livestream artists’ performances and to tip them, creating a way for these artists to continue to make a living. Catch some great shows from your couch here.
- The Met, like many live performance venues, canceled upcoming shows because of the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier this week it began streaming for free encore presentations of its Live in HD series.
Get creative by joining in the fun at the Quarantine Art Club.
Whether it’s already a staple in your routine or you’ve been a long-time hater, now is the good time to invest in finding your inner zen. Tips on how to meditate: here.
- Stage a puppet show or create a treasure hunt for kids.