Vision and Goals
Executive Committee & Staff
HousingNOLA and GNOHA
HousingNOLA’s mission is to provide a road map to maximize the effectiveness of scarce government resources, increasing non-traditional resources, and assisting private sector investors in making strategic choices. HousingNOLA is a 10-year partnership between the community leaders, and dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. HousingNOLA partners with the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), a collaborative of home builders and community development organization advocating for the preservation and production of affordable housing.
Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath destroyed over 275,000 homes and disrupted countless lives, but New Orleanians are resilient. For the past 10-years, passionate citizens have been working with non-profit, community-based organizations to rebuild their homes and regenerate their city in a more equitable fashion. In early 2014, the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative convened an affordable housing group of residents and non-profits to develop strategies for improving housing policies and increasing equity in New Orleans. The result was HousingNOLA: a community-led housing plan that would address the housing needs of New Orleans over the next ten years. The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) was chosen by the group to manage the HousingNOLA process, assisted by fair housing advocates, developers and City officials – in partnership with civic, neighborhood, business, and philanthropic leaders.
New Orleans is evolving into a very different place from what it was before Katrina. Though its population is still below pre-Katrina levels, New Orleans is one of the fastest growing cities in America – according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Evidence shows the growing population is not just the result of returning residents, but an influx of college educated, young adults. Before Katrina, New Orleans was a rarity. A city where almost everyone was “from here,” deeply rooted in their neighborhoods, traditions and history. As the city rebuilds, many long-time residents are worried about the economic effects newcomers will have on the city – especially in the area of keeping homes affordable.
While renewal continues and the threat of another hurricane lingers in the back of people’s minds, these are no longer the issues that will determine the future of this city when it comes to housing. New Orleans now has to deal with changing demographic realities, diminishing funding sources, and an inadequate supply of housing. The challenge is, can New Orleans evolve to meet the housing needs for a broad range of lifestyles, ages and incomes while also retaining its traditions and distinctive way of life?
HousingNOLA is the result of New Orleanians coming together to create a visionary document that reflects upon housing in the past, analyzes our present state of housing, and recommends strategies for making better housing-policy decisions in the future. If Katrina taught us anything, it’s that local wisdom and the resiliency of its people are this city’s greatest assets.
Vision and Goals
HousingNOLA is not just a 10-year plan, but a 10-year process.
Building upon the expertise and learned experience of those involved in New Orleans’ recovery, HousingNOLA serves as a road map for maximizing the effectiveness of scarce government resources, increasing non-traditional resources, and assisting private sector investors in making strategic choices. This Plan serves as a data framework to inform future housing policy so more thoughtful and scalable housing developments that are affordable for all income levels can be achieved.
The HousingNOLA 10 Year Strategy and Implementation Plan sets a benchmark for housing policy by:
- Examining the state of the housing and community development sector in New Orleans post-Katrina.
- Recommending how New Orleans can leverage private resources and City, State, and Federal funding sources moving forward.
- Identifying what policies currently exist and what policies need to be created to create a more equitable New Orleans that provides housing options for all.
- Creating a process for benchmarking progress over the next 10 years in the housing sector.
The HousingNOLA 10 Year Plan lays out how our community can provide high-quality, safe and accessible housing affordable to individuals and families of all income levels throughout New Orleans.
In order to accomplish this vision, HousingNOLA uses the following goals to benchmark its progress in specific areas within the housing and community development sector by:
- Preserving existing housing and expand the total supply of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities throughout the City of New Orleans.
- Understanding where displacement is happening in New Orleans and prevent future displacement.
- Enforcing and promoting fair housing policies throughout New Orleans.
- Encouraging sustainable design and infrastructure for all New Orleanians.
- Improving neighborhood quality of life.
- Increasing accessibility for all residents, including special needs residents.
The need for a comprehensive housing plan in New Orleans has become very clear. Though the housing issues we face are diverse - whether it’s skyrocketing rent, soaring insurance costs, substandard rental conditions, or for many of our residents, barriers to obtaining housing – these problems are all interrelated and must be addressed as a whole.
That’s why we created HousingNOLA. It’s our opportunity to define the housing challenges and develop strategies to address those issues over the next 10 years. Rather than just being a written document, HousingNOLA is an ongoing initiative to collectively remind ourselves and our elected officials of the issues we face and our pledge to maintain a plan of action.
HousingNOLA establishes goals and strategies to inform the creation of affordable housing options for all New Orleans residents. It guides policy makers in determining what funding and policy for housing should look like, based upon what New Orleanians want. Since responsibility of this plan goes beyond the realm of our elected officials, this plan will live on even as mayors, city councilmembers, and other elected officials come and go. It’s our job to hold our next leaders accountable to the recommendations we make in HousingNOLA.
Inclusiveness and community participation in developing the housing plan are the two most important factors in determining whether HousingNOLA is a success. Everyone has an interest in the final outcome of this housing plan, and that is why we are working to ensure that everyone can participate. The diversity of participation is reflected at every level of the HousingNOLA process.
The HousingNOLA Executive Committee manages the plan and process; the Foundation for Louisiana, the major financial contributor; the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development; and the co-chairs from HousingNOLA’s Working Groups.
The Leadership Board sets the wider table of stakeholders in our city, both the usual participants in civic engagement as well as the “unusual participants”. This includes Public Officials, Community Leaders, Neighborhood Associations, Cultural Bearers, Financial Institutions, Policy Developers, individuals representing Education, Philanthropy, Hotel and Lodging, Restaurants, Transportation, Green Building, Criminal Justice, and Special Needs Advocacy Groups, as well as Non-Profits and Real Estate Developers. Foundation for Louisiana and the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development are playing an active role in this group as well.
Then there are three Working Groups, where participants come together based on their expertise and turn the ideas of the Leadership Board into action. Each working group is made up of two co-chairs that are elected by their members.
The Data Working Group sets the stage, informing both community members and policy makers of where we are currently and where we are headed with housing.
The Policy Working Group make the policy recommendations that will make up the backbone of HousingNOLA.
Most important is the involvement of residents like you, through the Community Engagement Working Group. Members are responsible for informing residents about the creation of HousingNOLA and asking them to share their housing needs and priorities. This input helps to shape the policy recommendations presented in the final plan.
Join HousingNOLA and play a role in the future of our city!
Executive Committee & Staff
President - Fred J. Johnson Jr., Neighborhood Development Foundation
Vice-President - Brenda Breaux, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Secretary/Treasurer - Daisy LaGrue, Make It Right
Flozell Daniels, Foundation for Louisiana
Ellen Lee, City of New Orleans
Mindy Dinicola-Tassin, Whitney Bank
Nicole Heyman, Center for Community Progress (Co-Chair: Policy Working Group)
Maxwell Ciardullo, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (Co-Chair: Data Working Group)
Wayne Glapion, The Village (Co-Chair: Community Engagement Working Group)
Andreanecia M. Morris serves as the Executive Director for HousingNOLA, a 10-year partnership between the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), the Foundation for Louisiana, the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Morris spearheaded the HousingNOLA 10-year Strategy and Implementation Plan, released on December 10, 2015. The strategy indicates the need for 33,600 additional affordable units in the city by 2025. Further, the data clearly shows that wages have not come close to mirroring the dramatic rise in housing costs.
A graduate of Loyola University, Morris has worked to create affordable housing opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Area in both the public and private sector. Morris has helped create opportunities for approximately 500 families to become first time homebuyers after Hurricane Katrina, and she was lead organizer for GNOHA when it started in 2007 as a collaborative coalition of non-profit housing builders and community development corporations working to rebuild the City of New Orleans.
Morris serves as President/Chairwoman for the GNOHA Board of Governors, which supports and advises the efforts to preserve and production of affordable housing for people within the Greater New Orleans Region and places a special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable in society—seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, low-wage workers and low-income families. Morris also co-chairs the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund Initiative, and she is a member of the Housing Authority of New Orleans’ Board of Commissioners, City of New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness, Lafitte Greenway Steering Advisory Committee, Louisiana Alliance for Economic Inclusion, CONNECT Coalition Steering Committee, JP Morgan Chase Louisiana Community Advisory Board, lowernine.org Board of Directors, ASI Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Friends of Lafitte Greenway Board of Directors, Project Homecoming Board of Directors American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Crescent City Connections Express Network and the American Heart Association Multicultural Leadership Committee.
Ciara Stein joined the HousingNOLA Team as the Fox Alumni Research and Service Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ciara grew up in London, England and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Urban Studies. While at Penn, she wrote for several campus publications, studied in New Orleans, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Hanoi through the International Honors Program, and interned for several arts-based non-profit organizations. Upon graduation, she was selected to be a Fox Fellow. Ciara worked as the NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership Coordinator at Providence Community Housing for one year prior to joining HousingNOLA. She is currently a member of the Broad Community Connections Board and the NEWCITY Steering Committee. In her free time, Ciara enjoys working on art projects and exploring New Orleans’ many festivals.
HousingNOLA and GNOHA
HousingNOLA was facilitated, and then later incubated by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance. Since 2015, HousingNOLA has grown into a platform to link community members and neighbors with policymakers, developers, and others who are shaping the face of New Orleans. As a result of this effort, HousingNOLA crafted the city’s first-ever 10-Year Strategy and Implementation Plan.
With the implementation plan now in place, HousingNOLA continues to facilitate oppertunites for:
- local leaders to listen to community;
- community to inform and educate policy makers on their housing needs; and
- bringing diverse groups of people together to address the changes and challenges to affordable housing thoughout New Orleans
HousingNOLA is made possible through support from the Ford Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Capital One, Energy Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, acting through its Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, Foundation for Louisiana, Edward Wisner Donation, and the people of New Orleans.