On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, leaving massive, almost indescribable, destruction in her wake. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water; nearby St. Bernard Parish was deemed 100% uninhabitable.
Eleven years later, an estimated 5,000 families who owned homes before Hurricane Katrina still do not have the funds or resources necessary to rebuild. These families are our clients.
Today we receive an average of 15 calls per week from individuals seeking rebuilding assistance; the average age of a caller is 63 years. We receive 25% more requests for help now than we did a year ago.
Through the following programs and activities, SBP serves low-to moderate- income residents with a special focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, war veterans, and under-and uninsured persons:
SBP featured on CBS Evening News - August 27, 2015
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- The Owner-Occupied Rebuilding Program rebuilds storm-damaged housing for families who own homes that they cannot afford to rebuild. SBP has rebuilt more than 615 homes in the New Orleans area since 2006.
- Opportunity Housing turns blighted and abandoned properties into affordably built, affordable housing for sale to qualified low-to-moderate-income families. Click here for a list of properties currently available for sale.
- Good Work/Good Pay provides training, jobs and job placement in the skilled construction trades to residents who are under-or unemployed, with a focus on veterans, at-risk youth, returning citizens/ex-offenders and other individuals who are struggling to find employment.
New HQ! On May 9th, 2016, SBP moved to its new location in Mid-City New Orleans. The new facility which will serve as the organization's National Headquarters includes a construction training lab for teaching state-of-the-art construction skills to an estimated 40 at-risk youth and 20 veterans annually. A separate, yet to be built residential component of the facility will include 50-60 units of affordable rental housing for veterans and seniors.