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Housing Development

     NENA's approach to housing development encourages the clustering of widespread home redevelopment around the rebuilding of schools, libraries, and community space in the Lower 9th Ward. In addition to establishing the Design Studio, Loan Fund, and Land Trust towards this goal, NENA is creating a redevelopment plan, building its internal capacity for residential development activities, and forming partnerships with development entities to begin the rebuilding of housing and key community institutions.

NENA's initial target areas focus on the reopened Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology, and the potential redevelopment of the Alfred Lawless High School site as a Health Academy, library, and civic space.

Gap Financing

NENA is creating and capitalizing the Lower 9th Ward Housing Redevelopment Loan Fund to provide forgivable and low interest loans to homeowners who require gap financing in order to rebuild.

Community Land Trust

Lower 9th Ward NENA has adopted the Community Land Trust  (CLT) model as a strategy for both neighborhood stabilization and land stewardship. NENA offers new home construction through the community land trust. The homes are permanently affordable and energy efficient. Various floor plans are offered, and the designs complement the neighborhood's existing architectural character. 

 Want to know what's been going on at NENA's monthly Community Meetings? 

Check out our "Community Meeting Updates"


·         The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved NENA to be a Housing Counseling Agency.

·         You can register for disaster food stamps at NENA. One of our trained staff members will assist you.

·         Dr. King Charter School was the first school to open in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

·         NENA Community Meetings are scheduled every second Saturday of the month.

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