New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
Giving Back Nonprofit
504.861.2077 | habitat-nola.org
2900 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans
Social Media: @habitatnola
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is often thought of as a recovery organization, but for over 35 years, they have changed lives one home at a time, building houses and communities. Habitat provides zero percent interest loans, made possible by donations of time and money, for hard-working families. An independent local affiliate of an international nonprofit, Habitat has built over 600 homes in partnership with local families since 1983. By helping families achieve affordable, reliable homeownership, Habitat has improved the lives of employees, customers and families of businesses across the area.
Habitat is best known for their build days, which can be arranged for companies or organizations as a day of philanthropy and team-building. They also provide employee outreach, in which they visit local companies by request and explain their affordable home ownership program. Another avenue for philanthropy is the ReStore, a retail outlet that sells donated materials like furniture, appliances and building materials. Habitat operates two stores: one at 2900 Elysian Fields and one at 2425 Williams Boulevard. Their three largest event builds are the Women Build, comprised of local women; the Unity Build, an interfaith building project; and the Bench and Bar Build, which recruits the legal community for a one-day build. Donors who don’t necessarily want to swing a hammer can also run for Habitat in the Crescent City Classic.
A gift of money, time or materials to New Orleans Habitat ripples out to impact the entire community. Every gift helps fund the construction of new homes and the empowerment of local families. By reducing the cost of shelter, capital is freed up for families to use in other ways, such as transportation, food, savings, education and healthcare. This brings them greater financial stability and makes them more likely to thrive. Through their gift, donors make New Orleans neighborhoods stronger and more stable.
Habitat’s mission is to build homes in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities and homeowner families, whereby families are empowered to transform their own lives; and to eliminate substandard housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.