Lower 9th Ward NENA is one of the largest landowners in the Lower 9. NENA is currently in the planning stages of the next round of construction. The above map shows already constructed houses and vacant parcels ready for development. The yellow houses on the map are properties built by NENA with NSP2 funds and the generous donations of supporters of affordable housing. The green squares are vacant lots available for development. Most of the parcels are approximately 30 feet by 100 feet which is the typical size for lots in the Lower 9th Ward. NENA Headquarters represented by the orange building on the map is located in the heart of the Lower 9 community. The proximity of administration and management functions to construction activity facilitates NENA’s mission of community development. We see a future where each parcel provides affordable housing for a family. For information on construction or temporary uses and such as urban farming or gardening please contact Ron Mazier. To support NENA’s mission please consider a generous donation by clicking the Donate button.
Some volunteer opportunities require specialized training and/or donated materials. This is just an example of many projects NENA is seeking to complete. Every time it rains the bottom of this door gets soaked and water penetrates the living area. The homeowner could use an awning to protect the door from weather effects. If you are able to assist with time or materials in these types of projects please contact us. (Photo taken July 2016)
This group of devoted volunteers came from John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana. Their work to gut this house was coordinated by NENA’s friends at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO). The house will become home to another Lower 9th Ward resident by Summer of 2017. To support the work of these and other volunteers with food, funding, t-shirts, gloves, tools, paint, and other supplies, please consider donating by clicking the Donate button. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
St Claude commercial corridor is growing with many national and local businesses making plans along this important thoroughfare. NENA is seeking ideas, plans, and proposals for this commercial property at 5701 St Claude Street on the corner of Lamanche. The ultimate development will be the highest and best use for the community. The foundation and walls seem sound and NENA is seeking funding for a new roof. The 2,100 square foot building accompanies the lot at 5707 St. Claude which provides ample parking for any commercial activity. The combined lots measure 73′ along St. Claude by 117′ deep. NENA Offices are housed directly behind the property and can be seen in the rear of the parking lot photo. Ongoing management and oversight of any future project is facilitated by the proximity of administration. To make recommendations or discuss possibilities please call or text Ron Mazier at 504-650-1523. To make a donation, please click the Donate button.
NENA is a leading developer in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. From new construction to renovations to small repairs NENA has performed a wide range of development activity across the community. Pictured here is the latest project which will become home to a low income family by the summer of 2017. This photo was taken immediately after overgrown vegetation had been cut back. The vegetation and vines were so bad that the house could barely be seen from the street. It seems that the house had not been touched since hurricane Katrina so neighbors are very pleased with the improvement to their block. NENA will continue these projects as funding permits. Please consider making a donation by clicking on the Donate button.
NENA has the greatest group of Outreach volunteers. Helena Nealy, Paulette Kennedy, Debbie McHenry, and Carmen Demourelle represent various nonprofit groups throughout the city. From NOLA for Life, Second Harvesters, Ceasefire and others, expect to find these ladies at the forefront of community involvement. From community feedings and helping tornado victims to addressing difficult issues like domestic violence and child abuse, NENA volunteers provide the energy and leadership required of long term community development.
Volunteers from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin traveled 18 hours to volunteer and perform service hours in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. They painted and cleaned up the properties of several residents in the community. In this video, they take a break from painting the mural at 5701 St Charles.