New Orleans, Louisiana
The Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, bordering the Mississippi River on the south and Lake Pontchartrain on the north, is still recovering from the utter devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although the area was poor long before Katrina, economic conditions have worsened since the storm and many who fled the hurricane have not returned. The ward, which is 91% African-American, was the hardest hit part of the city when the levees failed and the subsequent storm surge tore houses off their foundations.
According to 2013-2017 American Community Survey and National Urban League statistics:
- 51% of children in the Lower Ninth Ward live in poverty, up from 44% before Katrina
- 46% of households have an annual income of less than $20,000, and
- 23% of households — almost one in four — have an annual income of less than $10,000
- 25% of adults didn’t graduate from high school
Family-to-Family’s coordinating agency in New Orleans is NENA —the Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association, a community and economic development organization that helps local residents find affordable housing. Our contact at NENA, Carolina Gallop, identifies families in need for our program.
Family-to-Family also works with Winn Dixie grocery stores to provide groceries for our sponsored families.
NENA (Neighborhood Empowerment Network Assoc.)
1123 Lamanche Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
To learn more:
- Ten Years After Katrina – A “resilience lab”How Black Life In New Orleans Has — And Hasn’t — Improved Since Katrina
- New Orleans Kids, Working Parents, and Poverty
- Living in Persistent Poverty in New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina
- Why the Lower Ninth Ward Still Looks Like the Hurricane Just Hit
Data Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2017, National Urban League