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Williams Home Dedication

Family and friends gathered with NOAHH staff, AmeriCorps, and volunteers to celebrate the dedication of Glen Marie Williams' new home in New Orleans East, bringing the traditional symbolic gifts and a warm welcome to her new home. Williams lived in the Desire Projects for 40 years before she discovered NOAHH, raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to take care of her kids. She learned of the program from her cousin Karen, who was already a NOAHH homeowner, and she spent her time in the... Read More »

World Habitat Day 2014

"No mother should have to put their children to bed in crowded, substandard housing; no senior should have to spend their days in drafty, leaking housing; and no physically-challenged person should have to suffer the indignity of living in inadequate, inaccessible housing. Our ultimate goal is the eradication of poverty housing in the New Orleans area, in partnership with other non-profits, the government, private landlords and individual citizens. Working together, we can make sure that every person... Read More »

NOAHH in the Classroom

In 2013, NOAHH partnered with Metairie Park Country Day and the Brown Foundation to create a pilot service learning program that could possibly expand to other schools to help educate students on the Habitat program, poverty housing, and the specific needs of the New Orleans community. The program brings NOAHH staff to the classroom to teach the students directly, and it brings the students to the work site to learn first hand about Habitat. On Saturday, September 20, this year's class participated... Read More »

NOAHH to Host AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon in May 2015

NOAHH is happy to announce that the affiliate is hosting the 20th annual AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon May 19 to 30, 2015, to rebuild America St. in New Orleans East. Over 600 current AmeriCorps and alumni, as well as volunteers, Habitat families, and other partners will converge on New Orleans over the course of two weeks for a 10-home blitz build and neighborhood revitalization projects, including A Brush With Kindness. Today, the 2014-15 class of AmeriCorps was sworn in in a ceremony in New Orleans... Read More »

Reflecting on Nine Years of Rebuilding

“"As we consider the enormous loss endured by the people of our community, we are motivated by both that memory of grief and by the resilience evident in the support given to us by our friends and partners these last nine years to continue our commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing New Orleans.".” Jim Pate, NOAHH Executive Director In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina, NOAHH has gone from gutting houses when there was no infrastructure to being the largest homebuilder in the... Read More »

Chefs and Gardeners Come Together at NOAHH HUG Garden Party

Syrena Johnson never expected to be a chef. Growing up, she helped cook for her family, but she did not expect to one day be receiving the Chefs Move! Scholarship, much less become the first graduate of that program. The opportunity arose while she was working for Liberty's Kitchen, and she made the most of it. She has been fortunate enough to work with many of New Orleans' finest, and while she worked at Restaurant August, Chef Michael Gulotta (who now co-owns MoPho) took her under his wing. From... Read More »

SSPADS Helps NOAHH Continue the Recovery of New Orleans

NOAHH extends special thanks to South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) of Chicago’s south suburbs for their recent gift. The Illinois agency was selected to prepare facilities for housing 100 people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, and they have continued to support victims of the storm with their recent donation to NOAHH. Their donation will help NOAHH build homes in New Orleans East and other areas heavily affected by the storm, and they are seeking to come down soon to volunteer! SSPADS, established... Read More »

Bell Family Dedication Brings Together NOAHH Partners

Bringing together the Advil Relief Team, volunteers from the New Orleans Mission, Havilah Malone and some crew from her show, NOAHH staff, and the friends and family of Alisha Bell, the home dedication in New Orleans East on Wednesday, July 30, was the culmination of Ms. Bell's time in the Habitat program and a confluence of disparate but dedicated partnerships. Ms. Bell grew up in the St. Thomas Project and dreamed her whole life of homeownership. She joined the NOAHH program to give her daughter... Read More »


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