About Us

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We’ve built 750+ homes since 1983.

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. 

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.

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 Habitat Home Repair program has provided hundreds of families and individuals with vital repair work that helps them remain in the homes they’ve owned for decades. 

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.

And NOAHH has a paid Internship and Apprenticeship program that helps local youth find better employment. This program helps NOAHH better reflect the community we serve.

Our 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 662 homes. The affiliate has more than 50 full time employees, two discount home improvement stores (our ReStores) and more than 700 partner families. New Orleans Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village is one of the most notable rebuilding projects in New Orleans. Musicians’ Village is home to 72 partner families and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans.


Center For Music


Home Improvement Stores


Homes Built


Partner Families

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Our Mission

We build more than homes. We build stronger communities.

Our mission: to responsibly build communities where families can thrive, in homes they can afford.

Impact infographic.

Our Economic Impact

We can’t put a price on the impact your donation & time have on New Orleans.

But if we did, it’d be over $300 million.
  • Since its incorporation in 1983, New Orleans Habitat has built over 750 homes and repaired over 300 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 Community Centers.
  • 80% of the homes in Musicians’ Village Core Site house musicians.

* According to a study conducted by EMH Strategy and Management Consulting in 2012

Contractors. Builders. Doers. This is more than a team, it’s your krewe.

We’re so blessed to work with the people we do.

Our board of directors keep our mission moving.

Having a board of directors that believes in our mission as much as we do is vital to our mission. With their support, we’ve served thousands of families through homeownership, home repair, and disaster relief and recovery.

Join our krewe.

We currently employ over 50 staff members, from AmeriCorps members to part-time and full-time employees who help us with construction, our ReStore locations, and in our office.

Amazing sub-contractors wanted.

Currently, we’re looking for roofers, gutter specialists, painters, general contractors as well as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and sheetrock experts. So, if you’ve got a skill in one of these areas, we need to talk!

Read about the impact of your support.

Every year we take a hard look at everything – from how many volunteers helped out to how much supplies and materials cost versus the previous year. If you’d like to learn more about how we keep doing what we do, click the link below to find out.

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Read about the impact our organization has had on the city by clicking on the articles below. If you’re a member of the press and would like to reach out to us regarding a new story, feel free to sallyb@habitat-nola.org.

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