Our Mission

To responsibly build communities where families can thrive, in homes they can afford.


About Us

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 sweat equity volunteer hours to the building of Habitat homes. Learn more about our homebuyer program here.

With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners across the country and even the world, 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

The New Orleans Habitat ReStores sell donated goods including new and gently used furniture, appliances, construction materials, and more to raise money to support NOAHH’s programs. There are two store locations (2900 Elysian Fields in New Orleans and 2425 Williams Blvd. in Kenner), which can also be shopped online. Our ReStore team will pick up your donations for free! For more information, visit our ReStore page.

As well as building new homes, NOAHH has a home repair program that helps preserve communities and provides home repairs for those in need. The A Brush With Kindness program has provided hundreds of families and individuals with vital repair work that helps them remain in the homes they’ve owned for decades. Learn more here.

New Orleans Habitat continues to lead in long-term disaster recovery, heading major rebuilding efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Ida, as well as engaging in disaster response work and partnerships for floods, tornados, and other storms.


History

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.


Economic Impact

  • 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