Mini Maker Faire
This year we have over 70 Makers presenting at the faire. moreMakers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to business owners to scientists to garage tinkerers to artists to chefs to musicians to students.They are of all ages and backgrounds. less
Lead Paint Information
NOLA Unleaded provides information and advocacy regarding lead poisoning in New Orleans.
LawHelp.org – Rental Law
LawHelp.Org is an online resource for people living on low-incomes and the legal organizations that serve them. moreLawHelp.org provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation administers Louisiana’s LawHelp Project, which is made possible by funding from Legal Services Corporation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. less
Blighted Property Search
BlightStatus is an on-line system that allows citizens to see what the City is doing about blighted properties in New Orleans.
EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)
EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations. moreEach participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc.So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants. less
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO)
GNOYO offers orchestral music opportunities through weekly rehearsals, one-on-one instruction with professional musicians and regularly scheduled concerts throughout the community. moreGNOYO accepts all eligible students, regardless of financial means by providing scholarships to those in need of assistance.All musicians with at least 1 year of experience are invited to audition for one of the orchestra’s five ensembles, which accommodate various levels of playing ability.
Visit the website or contact GNOYO at 504.528.7720 or email@example.com for more information. less
Sewer & Water Board Water Quality Reports
Yearly reports on the quality of water in the New Orleans Sewer & Water System.
Metropolitan Crime Commission Reports
The MCC issues reports periodically about public corruption and criminal justice policy.
NOLA Food and Farm Exchange (FFEx)
We know that there’s a bunch of you that are growing a lot. moreOften you grow more than you can eat or give to friends & family.The NOLA FFEx gives you a way to move your bounty, extra compostable material, soil, tools, services, available land, etc.that you can get something in return — money, a portion of someone else’s bounty, a much needed tool, services, etc.Listings are free. less
Indepenent Police Monitor
The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by bringing transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers.
Website: www.nolaipm.org – Click on the “Police Monitor” Link.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm
Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Walk -in: 525 St.Charles Avenue
We can also make arrangements to meet complainants elsewhere.IF more comfortable, people can make complaints with our community partners:
Safe Streets/Strong Communities 504-522-3949 1600 Oretha Castle Halley Blvd
Women with a Vision 504-301-0428 215 North Jefferson Davis PKWY
Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate (504) 310-8766 2809 Harvard Ave, Metairie
PIB Can be reached at 504-658-6100 1118 N Rocheblave.They are now open to 8 pm and have a 24 hour hotline to record complaints as well. less
NOLA Green Roots
NOLA Green Roots facilitates garden training for hundreds of participants. moreBy developing community gardens, we teach youth, low-income residents, and senior citizens how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. less
The Lens’ “Vault” of Municipal Information
The investigative journalism site The Lens has uploaded thousands of New Orleans city contracts to DocumentCloud and enabled full-text search as well as searching by department and vendor. moreThey have also included City salaries and have included a primer on how to read a government contracts and outlined what city agencies handle what. less
Louisiana Tax Calculator
This site helps you calculate your actual real estate taxes for the coming year for various Parishes throughout Louisiana.
Guide to Contracts
This guide tells you everything you need to know about what to look for in a contractor agreement BEFORE you sign anything for work to be done.
New Orleans PreTrial Services
New Orleans Pretrial Services helps judges decide who stays in jail and who can be safely released to await trial. The goal of the Program is to reduce the jail population and to save the city money.
Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleans
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.
Estimating Power Usage of Common Household Appliances
This site, run by the US Department of Energy, helps you estimate what the power costs are for anything in your home.
The ACE Program at Delgado
Even without a high school diploma or GED, you can begin classes at Delgado and start earning credit towards a degree and career in one of the following divisions: Healthcare, Information Technology (IT) and Technical Pathway. moreIf you are interested in pursuing a career in any of these fields, the ACE Program might be a great way for you to start pursuing a degree.The benefits of participating in the program include the ability to enroll in college prior to finishing the GED program (an early start to your college career), and the opportunity to receive partially waived tuition and book fees for your first 12 credits in ACE. less
School Readiness Tax Credit
The SRTC business tax credit for Louisiana businesses is pretty straightforward. moreA business can donate up to $5,000 to a CCR&R and get 100% of their money back on the Louisiana income taxes.Upon receipt of the donation, we send them a letter and a receipt.
When the business files their income taxed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, they will claim the credit and attach the receipt as documentation.Because it’s a refundable tax credit, if the business owes less than the amount of their donation, the state will actually write them a check.
So, if a business donated $5,000 but only owed $4,000 in taxes, the state will mail them a $1,000 check.The refundable credit can be taken against individual income tax, corporation income tax, or corporation franchise tax depending on the business’s entity type.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue also offers some additional information, including links to the relevant laws, on their web site: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/individual/school_readiness.aspx#taxcred5.It’s the very last tax credit mentioned on the page.
The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants recently highlighted the program in their newsletter in an article available at http://www.lcpa.org/lagniappe_Oct12_schoolreadiness.html. less
Orleans Parish Charter School Close-Ups
This online listings, put together by the Lens, features profiles of all New Orleans public, charter, and Recovery School District schools. moreThe information includes test scores, extracurricular activities, admission criteria, and neighborhood and school demographics to help parents choose the best schools for their children. less