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. Many years later, the City has made progress but there are still families who need our help.

On February 7th, 2017 an EF3 tornado tore through New Orleans East severely damaging or destroying more than 300 homes. SBP led 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 provides necessary repairs for families to have a safe, secure and sanitary place to live. SBP has rebuilt nearly 800homes in the Greater New Orleans area since 2006.
  • Opportunity Housing
    • SBP’s Homeownership Program turns blighted and abandoned properties into newly built, affordable housing for sale to qualified low-to-moderate-income, first-time homeowners. Click here for a list of properties currently available for sale.
    • SBP’s Rental Program provides high quality, affordable homes available for rent to qualified, low-income families. Click here to learn more about St. Peter Residential and our units in the Lower 9th Ward.