Contractor Guide

Several organizations are helping homeowners who have limited or depleted rebuilding monies to rehabilitate their homes with the help of volunteer labor and free construction materials&#46 Click for a list of organizations offering assistance.

Free or Low-Cost Building Assistance

$20 Million Gentilly Homeowners Initiativeimage

The $20 million Gentilly Homeowners Initiative (GHI) is a Liberty Bank program that can provide financing to existing and potential homeowners for the rehabilitation and/or purchase of homes in the Gentilly area of New Orleans (bounded by Gentilly Avenue, Bayou St. moreJohn, Leon C. Simon Drive and the Industrial Canal).

Through the Gentilly Homeowners Initiative, Liberty will provide assistance to homeowners in estimating cost of completion, identifying contractors, and financing options to rebuild their homes and their neighborhoods.All contractors who work on GHI financed properties will be Liberty qualified in terms of the quality of their work, professionalism, affordability of pricing (rehabilitation versus new construction), licensing and insurance or bonding requirements.For more information call Liberty Bank Customer Care at (504) 240-5288. less

Home Repair Loan Program for Elderly and Disabledimage

The Disabled and Elderly Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program will provide forgivable loans of up to $35,000 to applicants who are disabled or aged 62 or older whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the area median income&#46 Note: This program is for REPAIRS ONLY, not for new construction &#46 Residents will have until 5pm Wednesday, March 25 to submit their applications. more

The rehabilitation program will provide elderly and disabled homeowners with the funds to repair their properties to meet the City’s Housing Standards code, HUD’s Housing Quality Standards code and Lead-Based Paint regulations.The loan is forgiven if a resident lives in the property for five years after the work is completed.

Applications may be submitted in the following ways:

1.Applicants can register on the City’s website,

2.Applicants can register at the following Community Centers:

Arthur Monday Center
111 Newton Street
New Orleans, LA 70114

St.Bernard Community Center
1500 Lafreniere St.
New Orleans, LA 70122

Central City Multi-Purpose
2020 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

3.Registration cards can be filled out at the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, 1340 Poydras Street, 10th and 11th floors.

Eligible applicants will be selected by a public lottery at Gallier Hall, 545 Saint Charles Ave., at 11 a.m.on Monday, March 30.Call 311 for more information. less

Project Homecomingimage

Project Homecoming is accepting homeowner applications for rebuilding assistance. more

Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: Orleans and St.Bernard
Eligibility: Homeowners who have the ability to purchase the materials for their house
Contact Info: (504) 942-0444 ext 244.Leave a message and your call will be returned.
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St. Paul's Homecoming Center / Beacon of Hope

St&#46 Paul’s Homecoming Center Beacon of Hope was originally established in Lakeview as a Katrina Disaster Response Center and is now re-locating to Gentilly&#46 The Center serves as a hub for the residents of Gentilly providing numerous services such as computers with internet access, fax, free notary public, volunteer services, case management (helping residents find needed items or resources), and assistance finding contractors and other rebuilding needs. moreThe Center is located at 1509 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122

Rebuilding Services Provided: Volunteer services for non-skilled home tasks
Area Served: Gentilly
Eligibility: Case-by-case basis
Contact Info: 504-644-4125 less

Common Ground Relief Home Repair Service

Common Ground offers assistance including debris removal, yard work, home repair and reconstruction. more

Services Provided: Debris removal, yard work, home repair and reconstruction
Area Served: Lower 9th Ward and homeowners with pending actions against their home
Eligibility: Case-by-case
Contact Info: 504-304-9097 less

Camp Restoreimage

Camp Restore provides housing and meals for volunteer groups of all sizes and connects them in service with over 80 other volunteer-driven nonprofits throughout Greater New Orleans. moreRestoration and rebuilding of storm-damaged family homes is also coordinated and managed directly.

Services Provided: Volunteer group housing, meals and project coordination; volunteer labor
Area Served: Greater New Orleans Area
Eligibility: Volunteer groups of all ages are invited to join in service; For assistance/partnership: Any families or organizations can apply who need volunteer labor.For homeowners needing help rebuilding, priority is given to seniors, disabled, single-parent households.
Contact Info: 504-242-2636 less

Project Home Again – Gentillyimage

Project Home Again is building 12 homes in the Gentilly area and offering them to people who lost their homes as a result of Katrina. moreThese homes are being offered at no cost to eligible families.More information and an application is available on the website or by calling Project Home Again at 866-550-4742.Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis until all spots are filled. less

Rebuilding Togetherimage

If you are a homeowner who still needs assistance to finish rebuilding your house, Rebuilding Together New Orleans may be able to help you. more

Services Provided: Assistance completing repairs, volunteer labor
Area Served: Holy Cross, Broadmoor, Tremé/Esplanade Ridge, St.Roch, Hollygrove, Mid-City, and Gentilly
Eligibility: Low income elderly or disabled and first responders
Contact Info: 504-636-3061
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Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's Rebuild Programimage

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s Rebuild Program accepts homeowners who need assistance completing their homes.

Services Provided: Assistance finding reputable subcontractors, volunteer labor and building materials when possible
Area Served: Jefferson, Orleans and St. moreBernard Parish
Eligibility: All are welcome to apply, prioritized based on a number of factors including age, disability and current living situation
Contact Info: 504-655-1909
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SAFER (Student Advocacy for Equitable Recovery), through their Family Match rebuilding program, matches the time and skills of college students to the needs of families who lost their homes due to Hurricane Katrina. more

Services Provided: Assistance with mold remediation, gutting, and rebuilding; consultation and assistance through the process of hiring and managing a contractor
Area Served: All areas
Contact Info: less


Lowernine&#46org is helping residents of the Lower Ninth Ward rebuild their homes. more

Services Provided: Free labor to re-wire and re-plumb your home and replace roofs, insulation, sheetrock, windows, floors, paint and other necessary work
Area Served: Lower 9th Ward
Eligibility: Homeowner must pay for materials.Prioritized as follows: 1)elderly with children in the home; 2) families with children; 3) elderly without children in the home; 4) everybody else.
Contact Info: 207-380-9636
Limited availability.Call for a short, one-page application less

Free or Low-Cost Rebuilding Assistanceimage

Several organizations are helping homeowners who have limited or depleted rebuilding monies to rehabilitate their homes with the help of volunteer labor and free construction materials&#46 Click for a list of organizations offering assistance.

United Methodist Reliefimage

United Methodist provides free volunteer and contract labor for homeowners affected by Katrina and Rita in GNO area. more

Services Provided: Free volunteer and contract labor for homeowners affected by Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.No electrical or plumbing.
Area Served: Southeast and Southwest Louisiana
Eligibility: Proof of homeownership, insurance, FEMA, and Road Home funding required.Homeowners cannot have received over 100,000 in rebuilding monies.
Contact Info: 225-346-5193
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St. Bernard Projectimage

The St&#46 Bernard Project offers rebuilding assistance to the elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children who have a house in St&#46 Bernard. more

Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: St.Bernard
Eligibility: Elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children
Contact Info: 504-277-6831
Services are dependent on available volunteers

Those interested in volunteering can register online or email less

Southern Mutual Help Associationimage

SMHA helps people develop strong, healthy, prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. more

Services Provided: Volunteer labor for hurricane related rebuilding and home repairs
Area Served: South Louisiana, including Lafitte Parish, affected by Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike
Eligibility: Homeowners must have their own funding for materials and required professional services
Contact Info: 337-367-3277 less

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleansimage

NHS NOLA conducts first-time homebuyer training classes and can assist homeowners in rebuilding or renovating a home&#46 They offer funding, financial counseling, and construction management. more

Services Provided: Construction Management services – assisting homeowners through the process of rebuilding
Area Served: Orleans
Eligibility: All are eligible
Contact Info: 504-899-5900 less

Lower 9th Ward Homeowners Association

Neighborhood organization provides case management services for homeowners in the lower Ninth Ward with priority given to senior citizens&#46 Services includes finding volunteer labor, rebuilding materials, furniture and appliances for homeowners trying to rebuild; help with Road Home and property succession issues. more

Rebuilding Services Provided: Assistance finding volunteer labor, rebuilding materials, furniture and appliances for homeowners trying to rebuild
Area Served: Lower 9th Ward
Eligibility: Priority given to seniors
Contact Info: 504-355-6560

The Association meets weekly on Saturdays at 1 pm at Holy Angels Academy, 3500 St.Claude Ave. less

PNOLA – The Phoenix of New Orleans (Tulane/Gravier Neighborhood)image

The Phoenix of New Orleans is offering case management services and rebuilding assistance to homeowners in the lower Mid-City area and is helping to develop community assets that ensure a vital neighborhood. more

Rebuilding Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: Lower Mid-City, area code 70119
Eligibility: In order to quality for assistance, clients must demonstrate that they are financially unable to rebuild and have exhausted every resource available to them.
Contact Info: 504-322-3327 less