About Our Neighborhood
The Lower Ninth Ward, due to its proximity to the Industrial Canal levee breach, was one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the Gulf Coast region. Rebuilding in the Lower Nine has lagged behind that of other neighborhoods as a result of poverty, the scale of the devastation and local, state and federal government inaction. Dealing first with toxic mold, then toxic FEMA trailers and toxic Chinese Sheetrock, then with unscrupulous contractors, insurance and mortgage companies, and finally struggling under a discriminatory governmental recovery program*, it became clear that the Lower Ninth Ward would be much slower to recover than other areas of New Orleans.
About Our Story
Founded by Maine boat builder Rick Prose, lowernine.org was the follow up organization to nonprofit Emergency Communities, which sprung up after Katrina in Waveland, MS, and in St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Orleans Parishes providing early forms of disaster relief and recovery. As years passed and the initial feeding, mold remediation, and gutting work was completed, it was apparent that skilled rebuilding would be the next step in the process. Rick brought a group of volunteers from his home town of Boothbay Harbor, and quickly realized that under skilled supervision, unskilled volunteers could fully rebuild flood-damaged homes. lowernine.org was born.
About Our Work
To date, lowernine.org has fully rebuilt eighty-three homes, and has completed smaller repair and renovation projects on over two hundred more, bringing back more Lower Ninth Ward families than any other single organization. However, as of 2016, population return is only 36.7% – lagging far behind the rest of the City of New Orleans. Many of these “returning” residents are actually newcomers to the area, settling in the areas closest to the Mississippi in the historic Holy Cross section of the neighborhood, where property values are quickly rising, pricing pre-Katrina residents out of their own community. In the spring of this 2014, almost nine years after the levee breaches and flooding, residents received notices from the City that read “The City of New Orleans will soon begin repairing Katrina-damaged roads and infrastructure in your neighborhood”. The FEMA closeout date for the storm is 2025. Conservative estimates have the rebuilding of our neighborhood taking another decade.
*The Louisiana Road Home Program was found to be discriminatory in a Federal Court of law in 2011. Read coverage of this story here, and earlier reporting about the program and its administration here.
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Board of Directors
Calvin is a Historic District Landmarks Commissioner, Board President of the Lower 9th Ward Center of Sustainable Engagement and Development, and a Holy Cross Neighborhood Association board member. Calvin is also a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward.
603 Caffin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
Board Vice President
Liana retained her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy, specializing in blight policy, disaster management and recovery, and community resiliency. Liana has most recently devoted this knowledge to the recovery of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Liana is presently an adjunct lecturer at Tulane University, co-producer and host of NOLA Matters radio show, and program manager for the City of New Orleans’ program, Fight the Blight. She has also worked as a GIS technician under the City of New Orleans, and policy intern with the New Orleans health department, and a co-founder of DIG*IT Mobile Media. Liana earned her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and Master’s degree in public policy and planning from the University of Southern California.
44 Julia Street #209
New Orleans, LA 70130
CPA and retired Tax Director and partner with the New Orleans Firm of Bourgeois Bennett, LLC. Bev has also specialized in pension planning and consulting. She has always volunteered with several non-profit organizations and continues to do so in retirement, severing on several boards. Bev is very active in the community and supports and mentors many organizations and individuals. During her long, successful career, she also contributed to her chosen professional organizations by teaching and serving on committees. She was awarded the 2008 LA Society of CPA and the National AICPA Public Service Awards. In 2010, the Young Leadership Council selected her as one of their Role Models.
111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 1700
Metairie, LA 70005
Jarrod has served as a Managing Member of Hotel Furniture Liquidators, LLC and HFL Gallery NOLA since 2007. Broussard is also a member of Red Sauce Properties, LLC, 1818 Magazine Street, LLC, and East Monterey Properties, LLC. Broussard has also worked as an independent real estate investor as well as president of @Site Computer Services, LLC. Jarrod received a bachelor’s degree in political economy and economics from Tulane University. He has also completed several leadership seminars and programs, including the highly competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. Jarrod is an ordained minister.
2913 Green Acres Rd
Metairie, LA 70003
Andreanecia is currently the Executive Director of HousingNOLA, an organization established in 2014 by New Orleanians concerned with improving housing-policy decisions for the City. This appointment comes after Morris co-chaired the governing committee for Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), a partner of HousingNOLA. In addition, Morris has worked in the housing space for over 20 years, serving on the City of New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness, the NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership, the Claiborne Corridor Improvement Coalition, the Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative Governing Board, the Louisiana Alliance for Economic Inclusion, the CONNECT Coalition Steering Committee and the Friends of Lafitte Corridor Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans.
267 Central Avenue
Edgard, LA 70049
Julia serves as the Director of Human Capital for Leading Educators, a non-profit organization that works to improve leadership skills in teachers to improve the education and futures of students. McNabb has previously worked with Crescent City Schools, United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Catholic Relief Services, the City of Cambridge, Department of Human Service Programs, Lawrence Community Works, Foundation Communities, and Community Giving Resource. She received her bachelor’s from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
2013 General Meyer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114