Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Who we are: Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) is a program of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, Inc. The primary focus of RTNO is to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners in New Orleans effectively using the staff, AmeriCorps service members, and volunteers to RTNO. All services are provided free of charge to qualified homeowners. RTNO began in 1988 as an annual program utilizing local volunteer teams to address elderly and disabled homeowners for whom home repairs had become unaffordable and unmanageable. Since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, RTNO switched focus from local, annual builds, to a year round effort utilizing both local and out-of-state volunteer groups.
Why we serve: Healthy homes are the building blocks of strong communities. By reinvesting in and restoring the existing housing stock of the city, RTNO brings homeowners back to their communities and provides a model for restoring and preserving New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods. By assisting homeowners in specific neighborhoods RTNO hopes that these neighborhoods will thrive by having a stable population and a safe environment.
Who we serve: RTNO serves people who have an annual income at or below 80% of the HUD adjusted median income and live within one of the targeted neighborhoods. Elderly or disabled homeowners, single heads-of-household with minor children, veterans, and first responders, are RTNO’s top priorities.
Where we serve: RTNO serves in areas only after receiving an invitation from the local neighborhood association. Working in specific target neighborhoods allows RTNO to cluster rebuilding projects closely and promote the revitalization of the whole community. Currently, RTNO works in Algiers Riverview, Broadmoor, Gentilly, Hollygrove, Holy Cross and the Lower Ninth Ward, McClendonville, Mid-City, St. Roch, and Tremé/ Esplanade Ridge.