Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) is a local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization – Rebuilding Together – which has restored and revitalized more than 100,000 homes over the past 19 years. A program of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC), we work to restore houses of low-income homeowners in five target neighborhoods in Orleans parish. With all work done at no cost to the homeowner and utilizing predominantly volunteer labor, Rebuilding Together allows low-income families in communities across the country to live in warmth, safety, and dignity.
RTNO believes that by reinvesting in and restoring the existing housing stock of the city, we can bring homeowners displaced by Hurricane Katrina back to their former homes, retrofit older homes with Universal Design and energy efficient principles and provide a model for restoring and preserving New Orleans’ historic homes. Families that return to their homes in New Orleans – rather than live in exile or in a trailer – sustain a constant, stable, healthy living environment while building their equity and regaining financial independence.
Rebuilding Together is one of 240 affiliates nationwide, and in New Orleans it has been operating under the auspices of the Preservation Resource Center since 1988. Revitalizing homes in a disaster zone coincides with the program’s area of expertise – rebuilding and repairing homes – and we are proud to bring our decades of experience to bear for the people in the Gulf.
Using predominantly volunteer labor, we restore the homes of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in Orleans Parish.
Before Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, Rebuilding Together New Orleans had completed 927 houses, 7 schools, 6 community centers, 1 courthouse and 2 transitional houses.
Since Katrina, we have completed almost 100 houses and currently have 30 additional houses in progress. We have had 4,365 volunteers donate almost 140,000 hours of labor (with a market value of $2.4 million).
By leveraging volunteer labor and donated goods, Rebuilding Together can complete a home renovation for $40,000 – a fraction of the cost of new construction, but still a daunting task for the organization in light of the estimated 130,000 damaged properties in Orleans Parish.
We are currently in the process of building our capacity to attempt to meet the immense demand of homeowners left without the resources to rebuild their homes in the wake of Katrina's damage. Currently we can complete 50 houses per year. Our goal is to complete a minimum of 100 homes per year. We will reach this goal by increasing staff, developing corporate and individual sponsorships both local and nationwide, and by continuing to work closely with each targeted neighborhood to select candidates for our program.
923 TCHOUPITOULAS ST NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130-3819 Phone: (504) 581-7032 http://www.rtno.org EIN: 72-0760857
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