The Long Road From C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Housing Institute

November 20, 2014


This report summarizes how McCormack Baron Salazar, a development firm, and its nonprofit subsidiary, Urban Strategies, involved residents in an 18-month redevelopment of New Orleans’ C.J. Peete public housing complex after Hurricane Katrina. The National Housing Institute report takes an up-close look at how those charged with redeveloping the public housing development worked with residents throughout the process — and what they learned along the way. 

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Key Takeaway

Listen and Prove Yourself

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, when coming into a complex political environment and culture like that in New Orleans, service providers, funders and others need to first listen and prove themselves – both to local nonprofits and the residents whom they aim to serve. It helps to have a local development partner.

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