Who We Are
Project Home Again is a nonprofit, housing development organization created by The Leonard and Louise Riggio Foundation shortly after Hurricane Katrina to build high-quality, energy-efficient homes for low and moderate-income, New Orleanians. We are currently building 100 beautiful, energy-efficient, affordable homes for sale in several Gentilly neighborhoods.
Like thousands of people across the world, Leonard and Louise Riggio watched in horror and disgust as New Orleanians struggled for their lives in their deluged city for five long and sweltering days in August 2005. Struck by the myriad injustices the disaster revealed, the Riggios and their long-time friend, the former Deputy Mayor of New York City, Bill Lynch formed Project Home Again to restore community, hope and housing to hard-working families who had lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the infamous levee failure that damaged or destroyed 80% of the housing stock in one of America’s oldest and most unique cities.
Project Home Again has already completed 131 homes in Gentilly. Our first group of 20 homes was built on St. Bernard Avenue in the Paris Oaks/Bancroft Park neighborhood. Additional homes can be found in the St. Anthony, Seabrook, and South Oak Park neighborhoods of Gentilly. Our attractive, craftsman-style homes range in size from 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms to 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The houses are built to exceed the energy efficiency standards created by the US Department of Energy for the Builders’ Challenge program and use 40% less energy than comparable new houses in the region.
Our Work Today
Project Home Again is building 100 homes in Gentilly for sale to families that meet the same criteria as the City of New Orleans Soft Second Mortgage Program. We have seven different models ranging from small to large in several different floor plans. To learn more about purchasing a home with a Soft Second Mortgage visit: www.nola.gov/softseconds.
If you are interested in seeing a Project Home Again model house, please call us at 504-529-3522 for an appointment.