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. 

November 19, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    A short history of public housing in New Orleans.

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    An overview of the challenges facing public housing residents in the aftermath of Katrina.

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    Activities leading up to the redevelopment of public housing in New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina.

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    How to address residents’ needs and wishes in planning a new community.

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    The role of philanthropy in recovery efforts after a natural disaster.

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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