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!

lowernine.org on Twitter

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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January 25, 2015
Podcast | Cathy is in - On the podcast show, Cathy is In, Laura Paul joins Laurie Kaman and Jane McCord to discuss factors that have contributed to the lower ninth ward’s slow recovery.
November 13, 2014
BY CHAD CALDER | The New Orleans Advocate - A failure to pass an amendment to abrogate the constitutional convention banning the government from donating or selling property below market value, is seen as yet another delay in rebuilding the lower ninth ward. In response to this news, Laura Paul says that Lowernine.org will continue their efforts in bringing people back home.
October 21, 2014

Partnership with United Way

Mr. Roy - lowernine.org in partnership with United Way
October 17, 2014

Laura Paul & Lowernine.org

She came. She saw. She stayed. The name of this non-profit organization, lowernine.org, refers to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a predominately black neighborhood that was devastated during Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005. Yes, the work is STILL ongoing!
May 27, 2014
By Bracey Harris | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute - “Katrina fatigue” is discussed as an obstacle for people and organizations who are still working to recover from Katrina and the levee breaks. Laura Paul says that this fatigue is intensifying as we near the decade mark since the disaster, emphasizing that there is still much work to be done.
May 7, 2014

A Lower Nine Story

The Lower 9: A Story of Home is a documentary showcasing four determined Lower-Ninth-Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives over seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their neighborhood.
January 27, 2014
BY Tom Dart | The Guardian - Errol Joseph and Laura Paul are interviewed regarding the slow re-development of the ninth ward post-Katrina. Paul expounds on Lowernine.org’s mission and the progress they have made so far.
January 16, 2014
By Karen Gadbois | The Lens - Laura Paul was asked to endorse a candidate for the mayoral race on January 2, 2014. She posited that Lowernine.org does not endorse candidates.
December 28, 2013

Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?

PBS Newshour - People discuss whether the ninth ward is worth rebuilding. An overwhelming number of those interviewed say “no,” but Laura Paul of Lowernine.org insists she will continue this work until she is no longer contacted by people who want to return home.

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