WHO WE ARE

Established in 2006 to address the needs expressed by residents trying to return home after the levees failed, the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association (L9WHA) is a resident-run nonprofit organization. Our mission is to build the future of the Lower 9th Ward through affordable homeownership and resident-driven redevelopment. We fulfill our mission through personalized case management services, public policy recommendations and community action.

Board

Betty Bell

Department of Children and Family

     Services (Retired)

 

Tonya Boyd Cannon, President

Educator at KIPP McDonogh 15

     School for Creative Arts

Professional Singer

Tegan Jones, Secretary

Freelance Writer and Editor

Steve Marshall

Assistant Director at the U.S.

     Forest Service

 

Charles Stern Jr, Treasurer

Partner at Steeg Law Firm

The work that eventually changed HUD rules and brought over $3 million to the L9 began with Linda Jackson and M.A. Sheehan

just sitting there talking on M.A.’s front porch. Government programs were failing the people who desperately needed them, and M.A. and Linda knew that it’s our job to bring the voices of the people to the rooms where decisions are made.

 

Our team is now much bigger than it was then, with an active and diverse board and a highly-qualified staff. Just as important, our team now includes foundations, churches, and so many individual donors who are in those rooms with us. We may be the ones with our feet planted in the Lower 9th Ward, but you make everything we do possible.

M.A. Sheehan is sworn in as a member of the New 

Orleans Redevelopment Authority board by In-House 

Counsel Victoria Jones.  M.A. sits on the Real Estate 

Development Committee and chairs the Marketing and

Community Engagement Committee.

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is one of our most important partners. This fall their entire employee grant-making committee, along with foundation staff and Board members, came to learn first-hand about our work. Here they listen as John Koeferl explains the fight to stop the widening of the Industrial Canal that breached during Katrina.entire employee grant-making committee, along with foundation staff and Board members, came to learn first-hand about our work. Here they listen as John Koeferl explains the fight to stop the widening of the Industrial Canal that breached during Katrina.

Staff

M.A. Sheehan

Houisng Director

 

Margaret Braun

Housing Advocate/Paralegal

 

Tashal Williams

Administrative Coordinator

Galethea Baham

Outreach Specialist

 

Cynthia Guillemet

Outreach Specialist

 

Carol Davis

Faith-based Outreach Specialist

 

Sarah Bruzzi

Development Coordinator

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info@lower9thwardhomeowners.org

5234 N. Claiborne Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70117

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