New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
2900 Elysian Fields Ave. • New Orleans
504-861-2077 • habitat-nola.org
NOAHH’s mission is to build communities where families can thrive in homes they can afford.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is a 501(c)3 organization that makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity volunteer hours. Since its founding, NOAHH has built over 630 homes for the working families of New Orleans, including those in the Musician’s Village, which served as a beacon of hope for musicians and culture bearers after Hurricane Katrina.
The pandemic has shown that having a stable home is more important than ever. Many of NOAHH’s homebuyers are essential workers on the frontlines while others are musicians and servers whose gigs vanished overnight.
NOAHH is responsible for raising all the funds it needs to improve New Orleans communities and residents. While affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, NOAHH’s operating budget is raised—and spent—locally. Many people think Habitat houses are “free” and built with volunteer labor alone. While volunteers are essential, each Habitat home costs about $145,000 to construct and accounts for land, materials, specialized professionals, insurance, and other necessary expenses.
Volunteers are a major source of on-going funding and support labor for NOAHH. Its annual Women Build brings together nearly 500 volunteers annually who have raised more than $360,000 since 2017. In 2020, COVID-19 suspended Women Build and other fundraising and homebuilding events. Until NOAHH can again host volunteers, support is welcome through tax-deductible donations at habitat-nola.org.