Why We Build

Before you volunteer, take our brief quiz on the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans:

An important part of New Orleans Habitat's mission is to make people understand the great need for affordable housing. This quiz is intended to educate and engage you and show the sometimes shocking truths about the challenges hard-working New Orleans families face in finding affordable housing.

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Low wages make it difficult for many to find adequate, safe housing in New Orleans. Women especially face many challenges. What percentage of women in New Orleans work in low-income or minimum wage jobs?

1 out of 5

What percentage of New Orleans renters pay more than a third of their income for housing?

2 out of 5

Many heads of household in New Orleans are single mothers. Finding affordable housing is a critical need for a single parent trying to give her children a better life. What percentage of New Orleans single mothers live below the poverty line?

3 out of 5

According to Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative's report in 2019, what is the rate of legal evictions in New Orleans (that is, evictions that go to the courts)?

4 out of 5

How many hours must a minimum wage employee work to afford an average 3-bedroom apartment in New Orleans?

5 out of 5

Thank you for taking the time to answers these questions. Scroll down to learn more about our volunteer programs or click here to sign up!

Or, now that you've tested your knowledge on the facts and figures behind the affordable housing crisis, see what this means in human terms by reading our partner families' stories. To stay informed on these issues and the work Habitat is doing, click here to sign up for our newsletter.



 

Ways to Get Involved

Construction

Construction volunteers are the foundation of the NOAHH homeownership program, often working alongside NOAHH partner families. They build the homes from the ground up, and their work day will vary depending on the current needs of the affiliate. Tasks range from foundation work to building walls to painting to flooring. You could be building a new home or building a wheelchair ramp for a housebound, elderly homeowner. Almost every part of our home construction and repair process is done by volunteers, making the no-interest mortgage possible for our partner families! A full build day is from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.

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ReStore

The NOAHH ReStore is a retail outlet that sells donated goods in order to raise funds for NOAHH’s programs and to provide affordable home repair goods and furniture to the local community. Volunteers in the ReStore help the staff organize, clean, pickup deliveries, and serve customers. All partner families serve 100 hours of sweat equity in the ReStore, so volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside them! If you have a flair for display design, interacting with the public, or just have a DIY spirit, we’d love to have you! A full volunteer day at the ReStore is from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.

The NOAHH ReStore sells donated goods in order to raise funds for NOAHH’s programs and to provide affordable home repair goods and furniture to the local community. So if you have a flair for display design, interacting with the public, or just have a DIY spirit, we’d love to have you!

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Attack the Block

Attack the Block volunteers engage in neighborhood revitalization and blight reduction through cleanup activities around communities where NOAHH builds. These special events are held throughout the year, and times and tasks may vary according to an area’s needs. There might be a small volunteer fee.

 

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and Alternative Winter Break (AWB) are programs coordinated through colleges, universities, and high schools that bring thousands of volunteers to New Orleans every year. ASB and AWB volunteers can build on site as Construction volunteers, work ABWK or Attack the Block events, or serve in the ReStore. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.

 

Core Volunteers

Core volunteers are local supporters who join NOAHH on site or in the ReStore at least twice a month. No experience is necessary. Core volunteers often grow into leadership positions among our volunteers and build strong bonds with partner families, staff, and local communities.

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