Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative is a leading neighborhood-based community developer working in a targeted area of Central City in New Orleans. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in early 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, Jericho Road has developed an innovative three-tiered approach to revitalize neighborhoods.
First, our Housing Development program creates healthy, energy-efficient, and affordable housing opportunities. Second, the Community Development program fosters the human capacity that can promote positive neighborhood change by connecting local residents, building resident leadership, and supporting neighborhood associations. Finally, through Vacant Land Management we develop solutions for the neighborhood and city-wide problems of blight and vacant land through property acquisition, high-impact lot greening and urban agriculture projects, and advocacy initiatives.
Since the organization's founding in 2006, Jericho Road's investment of more than $5 million in Central City has resulted in meaningful participation and leadership opportunities for residents; stewardship of the built environment; for-sale single-family housing that is within reach for the local population; and the promotion of previously undefined neighborhoods as new places to be seen and affirmed, with value created by a diverse group of renters and homeowners.