Helping New Orleans

The Problem

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, leaving massive, almost indescribable destruction in her wake. Eighty percent of New Orleans was underwater, and nearby St. Bernard Parish was deemed 100% uninhabitable.

Eleven years later, an estimated 3,000 families who owned homes before Hurricane Katrina still do not have the funds or resources necessary to rebuild. These families are our clients.

Today we receive an average of 15 calls per week from individuals seeking rebuilding assistance; the average age of a caller is 63. We receive 25% more requests for help now than we did a year ago.

On February 7th, 2017 an EF3 tornado tore through New Orleans East severely damaging or destroying more than 300 homes. SBP is leading the long-term recovery of impacted neighborhoods by rebuilding, sharing our model with other groups and advising local and state elected officials on how best to structure the recovery. 

The Solution

Through the following programs and activities, SBP serves low - to moderate - income residents with a special focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, war veterans and the under- and uninsured.

  • The Owner-Occupied Rebuilding Program rebuilds storm-damaged housing for families who own homes that they cannot afford to rebuild. SBP has rebuilt nearly 700 homes in the New Orleans area since 2006.
  • Opportunity Housing turns blighted and abandoned properties into newly built, affordable housing for sale to qualified low-to-moderate-income families. Click here for a list of properties currently available for sale.
  • St. Peter Residential is a 50-unit, mixed income, energy efficient community centrally located near Whole Foods, Lafitte Greenway and one mile from the VA Hospital. 

In May of 2016, SBP moved to its new location in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood just a five minute drive from the French Quarter. Our new facility includes a construction training lab for teaching state-of-the-art construction skills to an estimated 40 at-risk youths and 20 veterans annually. A separate residential component of the facility will include 50 – 60 units of affordable rental housing for veterans and seniors.