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By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 

on February 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM, updated February 16, 2017 at 9:26 AM

A city effort to bring hundreds of new and returning residents to the Lower 9th Ward began Wednesday (Feb. 15) with construction on the first of what could be 250 new housing units built on vacant lots over the next five years.


February 15, 2017

NINTH WARD -- In an effort to increase the number of affordable houses in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority have vowed to build 100 new homes in the Lower Ninth Ward.

The two groups will break ground Wednesday, February 15 on 48 vacant lots in this area of New Orleans which has struggled to rebuild since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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In this August 2011 photo, an orange Road Home tag adorns the front curb of an abandoned home on Music Street in Gentilly. New Orleans officials want former Road Home properties that have yet to be redeveloped available to address the city's affordable housing needs. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
By Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on September 23, 2016 at 11:49 AM

The New Orleans City Council wants what's left of the Road Home program properties to be part of the city's conversation about affordable housing -- an issue Mayor Mitch Landrieu has placed as a priority in his final two years in office.

How many properties that would potentially add to the local housing inventory -- and when they might be added -- isn't certain. But in anticipation of their disposal, the council approved a resolution Thursday (Sept. 22) urging the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to "collaborate with the community" as it manages and develops the lots.

The state and local agencies tasked with bringing development back to these properties say they are already engaged in efforts to get community feedback. But with possibly thousands of lots re-entering the local market, there's now talk of how they might address the city's housing needs across all incomes.

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority transfers building to local organization

Rebuilding the Lower Nine one step at a time.


The Lower 9th Ward and Holy Cross residents just got a new neighborhood community center.

Today, January 31, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority announced plans to transfer 5200 Dauphine Street to the Sankofa Community Development Corporation.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is conducting an ONLINE-ONLY auction sale of 65± structures and vacant lots located citywide. Bidding for this auction will begin on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM and end between 12:00 NOON and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
The properties will sell “AS-IS, WHERE-IS” to the highest bidder. Properties are subject to a minimum bid price of $2,500 per property.
For more information and to pre-register, please call Fernando Palacios at 504-233-0063 or Steven Mathis at 504-407-1719 or visit www.hilcorealestate.com/NORA.


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