Because of its proximity to the Industrial Canal levee breach, the Lower Ninth Ward was one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Rebuilding in the Lower Nine has lagged behind that of other neighborhoods as a result of poverty, the scale of the devastation, and local, state, and federal government inaction. The neighborhood dealt first with toxic mold, then with toxic FEMA trailers and toxic Chinese sheetrock, and then with unscrupulous contractors, insurance companies, and mortgage companies. Finally, it struggled under a discriminatory governmental recovery program. It became clear that the Lower Ninth Ward would be much slower to recover than other areas of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.
Founded by Maine boat builder Rick Prose, Lowernine.org was the follow-up organization to nonprofit Emergency Communities, which sprang up after Katrina in Waveland, Mississippi, and in St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Orleans parishes, providing early forms of disaster relief and recovery.
To date, Lowernine.org has fully rebuilt 75 homes and has completed smaller repair and renovation projects on hundreds more, bringing home more Lower Ninth Ward families than has any other single organization. Give today, and you’ll help bring home even more families.
Photo Caption: Volunteers from the group lowernine.org Daria Souchkova and Sara Montag put up a fence for a house that was damaged during Hurricane Katrina, in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans August 25, 2010. The group is renovating houses for residents to return to the neighbourhood.
The people of New Orleans have spent 10 years rebuilding their city, their population, and their cultures. Visit TakePart.com's Project Katrina: A Decade of Resilience in New Orleans to learn more.