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.

Sincerely,

Marguerite Oestreicher
Executive Director

City Alerts

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.

Healthcare Resources

From healthcare concerns to unemployment insurance. If you have or know of resources to add to this list, email us here.

Income and Other Resources

For Families With Children

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.