9th Ward NENA

(Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association)

Empowering People

We implement sustainable projects and programs in affordable housing, economic development and education to empower people to become homeowners and achieve success. Your generous donation helps us continue the work we do in helping people become homeowners and revitalizing the 9th Ward Community.

Promoting Home Ownership

9th Ward NENA provides housing counseling and education to the citizens in the New Orleans Community. Since it’s inception, NENA’s Home Buying Program has provided services including direct housing assistance to over 5,500 clients. If you want to become a homeowner too, register for our Homebuyers and Financial Literacy classes. We offer online classes and can work to accommodate your schedule. We are HUD approved. Take the first step toward achieving the American Dream of becoming a homeowner and enroll today. Classes begin soon. Don’t miss out!

Brief Organizational History

The Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association (NENA) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. The organization was founded in 2006 to assist residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina in their efforts to rebuild their homes and community. NENA focuses on community revitalization and redevelopment for the 9th Ward area of New Orleans.
Since its inception, NENA has emerged as a powerful force for positive change in the Lower 9th Ward. The organization has been successful in mobilizing residents and community programs to advocate for public and private resources to facilitate the redevelopment and revitalization of the community. Working with current and displaced residents, NENA utilizes a resident-based approach for comprehensive rebuilding.
Empowering people to help lift them out of poverty through community development and education is only part of what we do. We also collaborate with other non-profits to provide food, schools supplies, hot meals to seniors and more. Your donation is vital to our continued service to the Lower 9th Ward Community. Please donate now. Thank you.
Of all the areas in New Orleans, Katrina perhaps had the greatest impact on the Lower 9th Ward. The neighborhood is separated from the Upper 9th and the rest of Orleans Parish by the Industrial Canal, and the multiple breaches of this levee resulted in the storm flooding the majority of the Lower 9th, sparing only a few blocks. According to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, 5,537 housing units were destroyed or suffered major damage.

Other Programs and Accomplishments

Curbing Food Insecurities

Covid-19 has negatively impacted people and increase food insecurities in the community.  NENA, along with local pastors, ministers and volunteers, have rented U-Haul trucks to pick up hundreds of boxes of food from Second Harvest and distribute them to needy residents from our facility every Friday for the past several months. It has helped hundreds of families in the community to fight against hunger. 


 NENA has partnered with local organizations and political leaders on several advocacy efforts. In 2015, the Lower 9th Ward community came together in the form of the Lower 9th Ward Collaborative to put on the Resilience Fest. The festival was for and with the citizens of the Lower 9th Ward to commemorate our loss, recognize our recovery, bring economic stimulation to our community and encourage an ongoing commitment to becoming whole again after the devastation that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.
Rebuilding a strong and safe community means promoting home ownership. NENA remains an advocacy for Fair Housing and home ownership equality. Our Homebuyer and Financial Fitness classes promote home ownership to low to middle income families.
We are constantly engaging with local business, developers and political leaders to bring attention to the shortage of new affordable housing units/homes needed in the Lower 9th Ward area. 

Economic Development

NENA’s economic development activities have included, but are not limited to, employment and small business assistance. Lower 9th Ward NENA’s economic development strategy is the development of a commercial corridor. In October 2010, NENA completed the first phase of the Commercial Corridor Project by opening NENA’s new building, including a small business incubator. In 2015, NENA began actively supporting small lower 9th ward businesses allowing them space to vend their wares on NENA’s property and has continued to present. Currently, NENA is helping other non-profit/small businesses like Level Up Campaign, by providing them a space to work within NENA’s facility so they can grow their business while providing services to the community.