COMMUNITY

One of the positive outcomes from the disaster resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is the rise of civic participation with regards to residents having a say in the development of their communities. Now more than any other time in our area’s history, local residents are taking a collective, active, grassroots approach to re-fashioning their communities.

 Civic Action 

I See Changeimage

I See Change is an online community almanac that allows its users to report unusual phenomena in the natural world and work with other community members to find out what is at the root of the change.

CBNO Mac – Committee For A Better New Orleansimage

The Committee for a Better New Orleans is the result of the 2002 merger of two New Orleans nonprofit organizations, the Metropolitan Area Committee and the Committee for a Better New Orleans. moreThe Metropolitan Area Committee was founded in 1966 as the first major community organization in New Orleans to reach across race and class lines.  Over the years, its primary areas of focus were public education and good government issues, as well as putting on the annual Metropolitan Leadership Forum.CBNO/MAC has graduated over 40 classes since 1968 and continues to enroll individuals in this program every year. less

NOLA Satellite Governmentimage

There are over 140 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. moreThis site is a guide to them all. less

The Lens’ “Vault” of Municipal Informationimage

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

YLC’s Save the Lights Projectimage

In 1987 the Young Leadership Council (YLC) paid to have lights installed on the Crescent City Connection and the State DOTD agreed to pay for the upkeep.  When the tolls were removed from the CCC in 2012 the issue of how to pay for the lights became an acute one…

NOCOG Guide to City Council Meetingsimage

Learn more about whatʼs in the proposed budget and when, where and how to give input on your priorities in the ʻGuide to Participation in the City Council 2012 Budget Hearings’.

Watch City Council Meetings Live Onlineimage

The New Orleans City Council offers free, real-time videos of council meetings as well as a searchable archive of prior meetings and a separate video feed for live emergency broadcasts from City Hall.

Take Action on Charity Billimage

HB 780 goes before the House Health and Welfare committee of the Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday, May 27 at 9am in Committee Room 5 of the Capitol in Baton Rouge&#46 The bill says that LSU cannot take land until they have an approved financing plan&#46 The National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups working to save Charity ask that you support it by contacting members of the Health and Welfare Committee and asking them to support HB780 when they consider it on Wednesday, May 27th. moreClick the link to send an email or call the committee secretary at (225) 342-2404.You can also attend the committee meeting. less

Greater New Orleans Foundationimage

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a community foundation that acts as custodian and administrator for charitable funds and fundraising. more They are the creators of the Impact 100, GiveNOLA Day, the Pay It Forward Fund and many more community fundraising efforts. less

Tipitina’s Foundationimage

Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs. These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.


Community Issues

NOLA Satellite Governmentimage

There are over 140 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. moreThis site is a guide to them all. less

Louisiana Appleseed’s Pro Bono Legal and Title Searchimage

Louisiana Appleseed is a nonprofit dedicated to solving our state’s toughest problems at the root cause through policy-oriented research and advocacy. moreOne of LA Appleseed’s programs emphasizes that title to inherited property does not automatically pass to a family member (“heir”).Without clear title to the property, the heir will be unable to sell the property, get federal or state recovery funds after a disaster, or borrow money against the property.But getting clear title may be as easy as filing an Heirship Affidavit.Also see: https://www.appleseednetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Protect-Your-Property_Heir-Property-in-Louisiana-Revised-2013.pdf  less

YLC’s Save the Lights Projectimage

In 1987 the Young Leadership Council (YLC) paid to have lights installed on the Crescent City Connection and the State DOTD agreed to pay for the upkeep.  When the tolls were removed from the CCC in 2012 the issue of how to pay for the lights became an acute one…

The Funding Seedimage

The Funding Seed coaches non-profit staff, board members & volunteers to make each organization confident, strategic and self-sufficient when it comes to raising money. moreMonthly Open workshops from The Funding Seed are a great way to learn new strategies, brush up on skills and engage with other members of the nonprofit community. Covering topics from Grantwriting for Beginners to Fundraising Events 101 to Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program, these workshops are an affordable option for nonprofits looking for new fundraising training opportunities. less

Eastbank Charter School Collaborativeimage

The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.

STAIR – Start the Adventure in Readingimage

STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less

Lead Paint Informationimage

NOLA Unleaded provides information and advocacy regarding lead poisoning in New Orleans.

Transport for NOLAimage

Transport for NOLA is working to create a world-class transportation system in the Greater New Orleans region that is based on equity, accessibility, and best-practices. moreWe are a think-and-do tank of New Orleanians who also are transit riders, planners, engineers, bicyclists, and designers. less

The Data Center (formerly the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center)image

The Data Center (formerly the GNOCDC) analyzes and reports on public data about the City of New Orleans and it’s neighborhoods. moreProducers of the New Orleans Index and the Census data by Neighborhood. less

NOLA Green Rootsimage

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

Indepenent Police Monitorimage

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.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolaipm

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm

Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Email: Policemonitor@nolaoig.org
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

The Lens NOLAimage

The Lens Nola is an on-line investigative journal that issues reports and writes stories about current issues and events in New Orleans.

New Orleans Inspector Generalimage

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 brining 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. less

Forward New Orleansimage

Forward New Orleans is a coalition of business, non-profit and civic organizations that has a seven point platform of government reforms it is working to get implemented. moreMost elected officials in the 2009/2010 election cycle signed onto the platform and the group releases updates periodically about the progress. less

Residents' Guide to the Master Planimage

This summary of the New Orleans Master Plan – put together by the Neighborhoods Partnership Network – presents all the key issues about housing, neighborhoods, economic development, jobs, culture, and infrastructure that are represented in the Master Plan.

Take Action on Charity Billimage

HB 780 goes before the House Health and Welfare committee of the Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday, May 27 at 9am in Committee Room 5 of the Capitol in Baton Rouge&#46 The bill says that LSU cannot take land until they have an approved financing plan&#46 The National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups working to save Charity ask that you support it by contacting members of the Health and Welfare Committee and asking them to support HB780 when they consider it on Wednesday, May 27th. moreClick the link to send an email or call the committee secretary at (225) 342-2404.You can also attend the committee meeting. less

New Orleans Citizen Participation Projectimage

The New Orleans Citizen Participation Project is a citizen-driven initiative to create a formal system for direct citizen participation in government decisions. moreA Citizen Participation Program is a partnership between people and their government to organize public input by providing the support and resources necessary to ensure all people have equal access to participate.At its heart a Citizen Participation Program is about expanding democracy beyond the vote to everyday direct involvement in the issues that matter to us most.For more information or for how to get involved visit the website or call 504.267.4665. less

New Orleans Master Planimage

The City’s new Master Plan is now available online. moreLooking beyond the rebuilding process, New Orleans is now focusing on its long-term future by creating a zoning code to guide its development over the next twenty years&#46 The Master Plan is scheduled for completion by June 2009 with a final draft of the ‘Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance’ to go through the official public hearing and adoption process at the City Planning Commission and the City Council.

Visit the website for more information and to download the plan or call the City Planning Commission at 504.658.7033.

Copies of the plan are also available for reading at the following locations: * City Planning Commission office, 1340 Poydras St., ninth floor;
* Algiers Regional Branch Library, 3014 Holiday Drive;
* Alvar Branch Library, 913 Alvar St.;
* Lakeview Branch Library, 6317 Argonne Blvd.;
* Latter Branch Library, 5120 St.Charles Ave.;
* Mid-City Branch Library, 330 N. Carrollton Ave.;
* Einstein Charter School Branch Library, 5100 Cannes St.;
* Nonprofit Central, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.;
* Neighborhoods Partnership Network office, 3500 Canal St., second floor;
* Nix Branch Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave.;
* Louisiana Collection in the University of New Orleans’ Earl K. Long Library, on the Lakefront campus;
* East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission office, 6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 200;
* Main Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.;
* Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Network Association, 1120 Lamanche St.
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Greater New Orleans Foundationimage

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a community foundation that acts as custodian and administrator for charitable funds and fundraising. more They are the creators of the Impact 100, GiveNOLA Day, the Pay It Forward Fund and many more community fundraising efforts. less

St. Thomas Health Clinicimage

Saint Thomas Health Services (STHS), a full-service neighborhood medical center, is the only primary medical facility in the St. moreThomas Irish Channel Community of New Orleans, Louisiana.Located at 1020 St.Andrew Street, one block away from its original location within the St.Thomas Housing Development, the Clinic thrives within the cultural context of the African-American Community in which it is situated and under whose direction it proudly serves. less

Tipitina’s Foundationimage

Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs. These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.


Flood Protection

Track MR-GO Restoration Effortsimage

This Army Corps of Engineers website is designed to help the public track restoration efforts in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet ecosystem. moreThe site includes information related to the de-authorization and closure of the former navigation channel, as well as development of ecosystem restoration plans. less

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisianaimage

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is the protection and restoration of a sustainable coastal Louisiana. moreThe Coalition works to facilitate and fund actual restoration activity and aims to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of preserving and restoring coastal Louisiana. less

Losing Louisiana: Sinking land and rising Gulfimage

The Times Picayune features this three-part series on the future of the Gulf Coast, including interactive graphics demonstrating subsidence and rising sea levels&#46

NOLA Environmental: Corps Hurricane Protection Projectsimage

This Corps of Engineers website is designed to give the public easier access to plans for building a more robust hurricane flood reduction system in southeast Louisiana&#46 The site focuses on environmental impacts of the projects that are part of the process of building the “100-year defense system” over the next several years&#46

America's Wetlands and Youimage

This video explains why you should care about Louisiana’s disappearing coastline.

Army Corps Of Engineersimage

General information: (504) 862-2201.

Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Mapsimage

These Army Corps of Engineers maps show where flooding can be expected to occur — and to what depths — in different sections of the New Orleans area during future hurricanes.

Last Chance: Louisiana's Disappearing Coastlineimage

This three-part series in the Times Picayune documents Louisiana’s disappearing coastline and the struggle to save it. moreRead stories and view an interactive graphic documenting the rise and disappearance of Southeast Louisiana. less

Images of Wetlands Loss

These graphics from the Times Picayune show wetlands loss resulting from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authorityimage

The CPRA is the authority that will focus on comprehensive coastal restoration efforts.

Levees.orgimage

Levees&#46Org is your source for information about levees and flood protection in New Orleans and nationwide. moreLevees&#46org supports an investigation into the levee failures and seeks to raise awareness and encourage public action. less

America's Wetlandimage

The Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana is raising awareness of the impact of Louisiana’s wetland loss and increase support for efforts to conserve and save coastal Louisiana.

How New Orleans Floodedimage

An animated graphic tracking the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
(Flash is required)


Healthcare Issues

Sewer & Water Board Water Quality Reportsimage

Yearly reports on the quality of water in the New Orleans Sewer & Water System.

Video Campaign for a Public Healthcare Optionimage

This video from a local resident presents support for a public healthcare option.

Informational Video on the Charity Hospital Issueimage

This video from the organization Save Charity Hospital discusses the issue.

Save Charity and Lower Mid-Cityimage

This organization aims to save Charity Hospital rather than tear it down to build a new LSU/VA medical complex.

LSU Medical Center Design Plansimage

This site features proposed design plans for a new LSU Medical Center to replace Charity.

VA Medical Center Site-Specific Design Processimage

This site covers the proposal to replace the VA Medical Center.


Housing

Apply for disaster assistanceimage

DisasterAssistance.gov is the only place to apply online for assistance due to a disaster. moreYour disaster does NOT have to be federally declared to use the portal. less

Louisiana Appleseed’s Pro Bono Legal and Title Searchimage

Louisiana Appleseed is a nonprofit dedicated to solving our state’s toughest problems at the root cause through policy-oriented research and advocacy. moreOne of LA Appleseed’s programs emphasizes that title to inherited property does not automatically pass to a family member (“heir”).Without clear title to the property, the heir will be unable to sell the property, get federal or state recovery funds after a disaster, or borrow money against the property.But getting clear title may be as easy as filing an Heirship Affidavit.Also see: https://www.appleseednetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Protect-Your-Property_Heir-Property-in-Louisiana-Revised-2013.pdf  less


Crime Prevention

Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (formerly Juvenile Regional Services)image

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (formerly Juvenile Regional Services) was founded in October of 2006, in response to the collapse of the New Orleans justice system after Hurricane Katrina. moreThe LCCR is the children’s public defender in New Orleans, providing a youth advocate, a social worker, an attorney, and an investigator to cases.The LCCR also provides professional development, training services, and presentations on topics ranging from juvenile defense practice to criminal law to systemic juvenile justice reform to youth development.    less

New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center (NOCAC)image

The Children’s Advocacy is a child friendly place that provides a coordinated, multi-agency approach to the investigation and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse. moreThe NOCAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit program of Children’s Hospital New Orleans dedicated to serving victims of child physical and sexual abuse and ending child abuse in our community.NOCAC is co-located within the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center in a cottage adjacent to Audubon Park. less

Project Nolaimage

Project Nola is a public safety information community that provides alerts of criminal justice and police information. moreRun by a local security company, it has notification services via Twitter, Facebook, etc. less

Bandit Tracker New Orleansimage

Bandit Tracker is a website where you can see pictures and information about people wanted by the law.

Traffic Camera Locationsimage

PhotoEnforced keeps a public, open database of traffic camera locations nationwide. moreThe link below is for the state of Louisiana, just zoom in on the GNO area to see the actual locations.There is also a list on KatrinaConnectionless

Lower Quarter Citizens Against Crimeimage

This is an email and notification posting group for people who live/work in or are concerned about crime and safety issues in the Lower French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. moreIts purpose is to facilitate the distribution of information about upcoming meetings and events to its members promptly and conveniently.Click the link to sign up. less

Citizen Crime Watchimage

This citizen-run website is an online, easy-to-use crime mapping application for the City of New Orleans&#46 Crimes (with category, date, and time) are displayed on the city map showing by geographic location&#46

NOCrimeline – 8th District Crime Reportsimage

NO Crimeline chronicles recent crimes in the French Quarter, Marigny Triangle, and CBD, as well as the efforts of the New Orleans Police Department to catch the perpetrators. moreNot all crimes reported in the 8th District are listed, but those of most interest to residents are featured. less

Court Watch NOLAimage

Court Watch NOLA’s mission is to monitor each part of the Justice System to ensure transparency and accountability at every level. moreCourt Watch volunteers attend court hearings and trials in all sections of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and monitor the progress of cases as they proceed through the courts from arraignment through sentencing.To volunteer, visit the website.
Court Watch NOLA is supported by The New Orleans Crime Fighting Coalition. less

Metropolitan Crime Commissionimage

The Metropolitan Crime Commission is a citizen’s commission that aims to expose and eliminate public corruption, reduce the incidence of crime, and improve the administration of justice in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. moreVisit the website for reports and recommendations on crime, safety, and the criminal justice system. less

New Orleans Crime Forumimage

Discuss crime in New Orleans on nola&#46com

Silence is Violenceimage

The mission of the Silence is Violence is to call upon both citizens and public officials to achieve a safe New Orleans across all communties. moreSIV engages youth in positive expressions and actions to counter the culture of violence and demands respect for every life, and justice for every citizen in our city.SIV offers youth music workshops, sponsors neighborhood walks, and hosts other anti-violence programs. Visit the website for more information. less

New Orleans Police District Community Meetingsimage

Each police district holds monthly community meetings. moreFind yours and attend to get involved with your neighbors and get to know your police district. less