of homes were rendered uninhabitable in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches

What's taking so long?
This article, by 'Katrina: After the Flood' author Gary Rivlin from The Nation explains

Who are we?

lowernine.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005.

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rebuilding homes. restoring services. reviving hope. reaching out.

Even if you’ve never swung a hammer YOU can help rebuild Katrina-damaged homes!

we've rebuilt 83 homes in the lower ninth ward so far!


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Spent time with some great folks from @IOCCRelief yesterday seeing the neighborhood and talking #rebuild. #iamlowernine - thanks for coming!

Awesome video from crew leader Bill @Train_2_Rebuild Thanks much to all our spring break volunteers this year! https://t.co/vWWRRnSfb5

So pleased to be working with all our spring break volunteers this month! We are getting MAD work done - yay, all of us. #NOLA #iamlowernine

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December 14, 2016
FlipKey and TripAdvisor have named lowernine.org among the top spots to volunteer while on vacation. Book a trip with us today!
May 19, 2016
BY CHAD CALDER | The New Orleans Advocate - The city celebrates the opening of a CVS in the lower ninth ward as a signal of progress. Laura Paul of Lowernine.org says that she welcomes the business and hopes it will provide incentive for people to move back to the area. Only 37 percent of the ninth ward population prior to Katrina has returned, compared to 89 percent for the entire city.
March 8, 2016
By Bill Capo | WWL - In a video covering an oil spill recently discovered on a Lizardi Street lot in the lower ninth ward, Laura Paul comments on how these toxins could affect the residents of the area and it’s rebuilding.
October 19, 2015
By Calvin Hennick | USGBC+ - Almost a decade after Katrina, Calvin Hennick compares the recovery of the Broadmoor area to the Lower Ninth Ward. Laura Paul and Errol Joseph explain the discrimination of organizations such as the Road Home program, which contributed to the Lower Ninth Ward’s struggle to recover as well as Lowernine.org’s work to aid the neighborhood in this hindering process.
August 30, 2015
By Gary Mason | The Globe and Mail - A detailed story on the disparate recovery of the city ten years post-Katrina. Laura Paul of lowernine.org says Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation should be called “Make it White.” She acknowledges the organization’s good intentions, but points out that it is not the best way to spend their funds.
August 28, 2015
CBC - Laura Paul gives a tour to the CBC of one of the projects Lowernine.org is currently working on.
August 27, 2015
Eben Brown | FOX News Radio - Laura Paul says that ten years post-Katrina, many displaced people have spent upwards of $90,000 on rent, which is about the going rate to rebuild a home that is already owned.
August 27, 2015
BY Shelby Hartman | Vice - The tenth anniversary of Katrina and the subsequent levee breaks has the nation curious about the recovery of the city since the storm. Laura Paul explains that many homeowners in the lower ninth ward.
August 23, 2015
BY JEFF ADELSON | The New Orleans Advocate - Ninth ward community members, including Laura Paul of Lowernine.org, speak about the much delayed return of the lower ninth ward compared to other parts of the city. While many welcome the improvements that have been made in the area, they remind city officials and citizens that it is not enough. (Includes photos of ground breaking for new CVS).

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