The L9WHA has established a partnership with Water Wise Gulf South & The Urban Conservancy to increase green infrastructure in the Lower 9th Ward community. We currently work with both organizations to provide funding for owner-occupied properties. Contact the L9WHA to verify which program will work for your home.
Water Wise Gulf South
Water Wise Gulf South is a collective that includes a formal partnership between the following entities:
Greater Tremé Consortium, est. 2016
Healthy Community Services, est. 2017
Upper 9th Ward Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association, est. 2019
Hollygrove-Dixon Neighborhood Association, est. 2020
Idlewood-Parkwood Neighborhood Association, est. 2021
Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association, est. 2022
"The mission of Water Wise Gulf South is to empower individuals, neighborhoods, and marginalized communities to manage storm water, thereby reducing localized flooding and providing many other benefits. We promote community-driven, ecologically-based solutions, known as green infrastructure, to infiltrate, filter, and detain storm water runoff and improve water quality. Our approach is to build community leadership and demonstrate green infrastructure systems. We accomplish this by providing technical assistance, educational programming, green infrastructure leadership training, and green infrastructure implementation" from Water Wise Gulf South website
The Urban Conservancy
The Front Yard Initiative is the Urban Conservancy’s response to excessive yard paving. Rampant front yard paving is a community issue that has broad and significant effects on the city of New Orleans from storm water to safety.
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. The L9WHA is here to assist you with the FYI application process. Learn more about Urban Conservancy and the Front Yard Initiative here