HOUSING

 Homeowners 

Urban Conservancy’s Front Yard Initiativeimage

The Front Yard Initiative is an incentive program that reimburses eligible homeowners $2.50 per square foot of paving removed- up to 500 square feet- for a max of $1,250.

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less

Lead Paint Informationimage

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

Lot Next Door Programimage

The Lot Next Door has stopped taking applications. The Lot Next Door (LND) program, managed by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority(NORA), allows residents to purchase a NORA-owned property (including Road Home properties sold to the state) immediately next door to their own. moreCall 504-658-4400 or visit the NORA website for more information. less

Road Home and Taxesimage

This FAQ on the IRS website covers the Road Home grant as it applies to taxes&#46

Times Picayune Answer Spotimage

This weekly feature from the Times Picayune answers your recovery questions, including timely Road Home information&#46


Demolish Your House

Is My House on the Demolition List?image

View a list of properties considered a nuisance and slated for demolition according to New Orleans’ Gutting Ordinance.

Deconstruction: An Alternative to Demolitionimage

Deconstruction is done by contractors who take a home apart piece by piece to salvage reusable materials, recover items of historic value, and reclaim personal belongings if possible&#46 For information call 225-236-2037&#46

St. Bernard Parish Demolition Instructions and Formimage

If you wish to have your home demolished in St&#46 Bernard Parish you must complete a right of entry authorization. moreThis page of the St.Bernard Parish website lists instructions for having your home demolished and includes the apropriate form that homeowners must fill out before demolition can take place. less

Demolition FAQs – Orleans Parishimage

If your house was more than 50 percent damaged, you may request demolition through the city of New Orleans. more
Call 504-658-4290.Click the link for more FAQs about demolition in Orleans Parish. less


Financial Assistance

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less

$7500 Individual Hazard Mitigation Grantimage

This grant is available to Road Home grant recipients only and offers reimbursement for storm shutters, roof tie-downs, the cost of lifting heating and cooling units and other mitigation measures&#46 The grant program is accepting applications through March 10th at 877-744-7235moreYou must have your Road Home application number ready&#46 Click the link for more information about the IMM program. less

World Hope Corps Rebuilding Assistance for Seniors and the Disabled

World Hope International and Family of Faith Community Church are working together to assist homeowners in rebuilding their uninsured, flooded homes. moreIf you are a senior citizen or have a disability, contact Andrea Babin, World Hope Corps, Kenner site coordinator, (504) 469-4611 or andreababin@earthlink.net to see if you qualify. less

ICC Coverageimage

If you have a standard flood insurance policy, your home was more than 50% damaged, and the house falls below base flood elevation requirements, you qualify for Increased Cost of Compliance coverage, which offers up to $30,000 toward raising a home.

Louisiana Citizens Insurance Tax Creditimage

Residential and commercial property insurance policyholders will receive an income tax credit for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation regular and special assessments they paid because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. moreYou can still file for this credit.Find out more on the Department of Revenue website. less


Foreclosure Avoidance

HUD's Guide to Avoiding Foreclosureimage

This guide offers valuable information for homeowners in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure.

HUD-Approved Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling Agenciesimage

This list includes agencies around the state of Louisiana that are approved by HUD to provide foreclosure avoidance counseling.

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Centerimage

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s Homeowner Protection program seeks to protect homeownership by providing assistance in several areas including mortgage issues, foreclosure avoidance, Road Home assistance, insurance issues, contractor complaints, and homestead exemption and tax advising&#46 Visit the website or call 504-596-2100 for more information&#46

Hope for Homeowners: Foreclosure Assistanceimage

The Hope for Homeowners program can help homeowners facing foreclosure with assistance and resources to help you get back on track. moreCall the homeownership hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE for immediate assistance 24/7. less


Green Building

New Orleans Solar Mapimage

The New Orleans Solar Map is a great tool for local residents to learn about solar and check out installations around the city, and comes at an important time when accurate information is harder to find.

Entergy Energy Efficiency Programsimage

Entergy New Orleans encourages energy efficiency by providing rebates for ceiling insulation, wall insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, and high efficiency air conditioning and heat pumps in existing homes. moreDepending on what measures installed the customer may be able to receive rebates as much as $1,000 when installing a new high efficiency A/C, ceiling and wall insulation.

Entergy also provides incentives to new home builders for homes that are built 15% greater than the 2006 IECC Energy Code currently in place in Orleans Parish.

For more information, visit the website or call 1-866-721-0249, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. less

Tips for Reducing Summer Utility Billsimage

The LSU Ag Center has compiled a list of cost-effective ways to reduce summer utility bills.

Build it Back Greenimage

BIBG, a service of Global Green, can help you rebuild your home in a healthier, more energy-efficient way, helping you to reduce monthly utility costs. moreHomeowners can call Global Green to learn how simple home modification upgrades can save up to 20% on utility bills.Personalized energy assessments are available, as well as information about green products that can be purchased locally.Visit the website for rebuilding tips, schedule an in-person consultation, or check the BIBG calendar for informational presentations.Stop by the Resource Center at 841 Carondelet to learn more about green building technologies or energy savings or call 525-2121 for more information. less

Green Light New Orleansimage

Green Light New Orleans aims to help residents reduce energy consumption and energy bills by offering to change old style incandescent bulbs to modern compact fluorescent lighting FREE of charge&#46 Each CFL will save the user more than $45 over the life of the bulb&#46 They will come to your home and exchange your light bulbs at no cost to you. moreHomeowners and renters are eligible&#46 Read more and sign up on their website&#46 less

Go Green NOLAimage

Go Green NOLA is a guide for the New Orleans community on how to build and live in a green and sustainable way. moreFind information on energy efficient building and living, gardening, recycling, local foods, local farmers markets, and more. less

Recycling in New Orleans (.pdf)image

Download this directory to find out where you can recycle in the New Orleans area&#46

The Green Projectimage

The Green Project, located in New Orleans, recycles building components, materials, and paints, along with occasional supplies, furniture, appliances, or garden items. Visit the Green Project for low-cost building materials, or donate your materials for re-use.

Global Green USAimage

A resource center for environmentally friendly building products and information.
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. moreto 3 p.m., and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.
841 Carondelet St. less


Permits

New Orleans One Stop for Permits and Licensesimage

The City of New Orleans’ One Stop Shop you can get information on all permits, licenses, and City Planning Commission actions have been brought into single place. moreWhether you are looking to build a house or repair one, start a business or renew a business license, host a special event or sell at one, this is your one place to start. less

Research Property Titlesimage

The Notarial Archives is a government agency that files and maintains land records and other contracts recorded in Orleans Parish. moreYou can find out who owns a property at the archives, which is located at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 500.Call (504) 568-8577 for more information. less

St. Bernard Parish Permitsimage

Click the link for St&#46 Bernard permitting information or call (504) 278-4310&#46

St. Tammany Parish Building Permitsimage

Department of Permits & Regulatory:
21490 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: 985-898-2574

Slidell Office:
61134 Military Road Slidell
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: 985-646-4166

Jefferson Parish Building Permitsimage

East Bank
1221 Elmwood Pk. moreBlvd., Suite 101
Harahan, LA 70123
8:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
Commercial: 736-6959
Residential: 736-6957

West Bank
400 Maple Street
Harvey, LA 70058
8:00a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
Commercial: 364-3658
Residential: 364-3512
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Orleans Parish Building Permitsimage

Safety & Permits-City Hall
1300 Perdido Street, Room 7E07
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-7130


Rebuild Your House/Build a House

$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

$7500 Individual Hazard Mitigation Grantimage

This grant is available to Road Home grant recipients only and offers reimbursement for storm shutters, roof tie-downs, the cost of lifting heating and cooling units and other mitigation measures&#46 The grant program is accepting applications through March 10th at 877-744-7235moreYou must have your Road Home application number ready&#46 Click the link for more information about the IMM program. less

Preservation Resource Center Salvage Storeimage

The Salvage Store sells salvaged rebuilding materials for bargain prices. moreItems available for sale include used windows, doors, columns, brackets, and wrought iron railings.The store is open from 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday, at 2801 Marais St.in the Bywater. less

Habitat ReStoreimage

Habitat ReStore accepts donations and resells new or used items such as sheet rock, roofing materials, doors, cabinets, and more for 30% to 90% off retail prices. moreAll profits from the Habitat ReStore are used to help Habitat build more houses in the New Orleans area.Donations of doors, windows, cabinets, working appliances, roofing materials, sheet rock, and lumber are needed.Any building or remodeling material that’s in good shape can be recycled through the Habitat ReStore, saving dumping costs and providing a tax deduction.To make a donation, drop it by the store, or call the Habitat ReStore at (504) 943-2240 to arrange for pickup. less

Build Now New Orleansimage

Build Now is a non-profit home-builder that helps New Orleans residents who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina overcome the obstacles preventing them from rebuilding. moreBuild Now assists each client with everything from choosing a floor plan to finding financing, and then builds a new home on the client’s lot.Build Now holds a speaker series on the 3rd Thursday of every month called Build Now Talks.Visit the website or call (504) 324-3964 for more information. 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.

LSU AgCenter “LA House” Resource Guideimage

The LSU Ag Center has put together a resource guide of checklists and information to help homeowners. moreInformation covers energy efficiency, healthy home-building, hazard-resistant materials, and more. less

Historic Building Recovery Grant Programimage

Hurricane recovery grants ranging from $5,000 to $45,000 are available for owners of historic Louisiana properties damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. moreApplication packets will be available at each meeting or obtained by contacting the Hurricane Grants Call Center at 866-406-7043 or 225-342-0227 or hpgrantscallcenter@crt.state.la.us.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 15, 2006. Complete applications must be submitted to the Division of Historic Preservation. less

Rebuilding? Get a Copy of the Louisiana Speaks Pattern Bookimage

The Louisiana Recovery Authority’s Louisiana Speaks initiative has put together the Louisiana Pattern Book, a reference guide of building designs and materials that will enable people to rebuild using more storm-resistant materials while maintaining the architectural character of South Louisiana. moreVisit the Louisiana Speaks website to download the Pattern Book. less

Raising Rules (.pdf)image

From the Times Picayune, a visual description of how to determine how high your house must be raised according to the new flood maps.

Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-Up of Flooded Homes (.pdf)image

Download this illustrated step-by-step instructional guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors. moreYou can also order a free copy by calling 585-327-5530less

Mold Removal Guideimage

Download this guide to mold removal from the CDC.

Preservation Resource Centerimage

The Preservation Resource Center offers a wealth of information for homeowners who are repairing or renovating, informative workshops, and a library of important rebuilding resources.