In 2021, we used the power of virtual meetings to offer two classes on home buying and homeownership. The L9WHA kicked off an education series targeting current and future homeowners. Each class was streamed on Facebook and stored on the L9WHA YouTube channel. Some of this year’s topics included, “Understanding Your Property Taxes, Foreclosure Intervention, and Hurricane Preparation of Homeowners.” The seminars were facilitated by L9WHA staff and the guest speakers included Giazzlyn Duncan, Louisiana Fair Housing, Director of Homeownership Protection and Errol Williams, City of New Orleans Tax Assessor, and local realtors.
Our vision is to use both virtual and in person classes to prepare future homeowners for the home-buying process, in addition to creating an understanding about the responsibilities of homeownership.
About Neighborhood Development Foundation
"The Mission of the Neighborhood Development Foundation is to educate and assist low and moderate-income families to build asset through homeownership.
NDF was founded on the beliefs that decent affordable housing is essential to the physical and emotional health, productivity and self-esteem of individuals and that homeownership has a significant effect on children’s success. Studies show that the positive behavioral characteristics required of homeowners are passed on to their children. These positive outcomes include: better health; fewer behavioral problems; greater achievement in math and reading; lower high school dropout rates; fewer teen births; more years of schooling by age 25; and an increase in high school graduation rates. And in the community, homeownership builds and stabilizes neighborhoods.
For over 25 years, NDF has provided knowledge, education, and advocacy that make owning and maintaining a home affordable. This education is something we can all benefit from. It’s fiscal responsibility 101 and it results in lifetime renters becoming homeowners, landlords, developers, and investors in our community."
The L9WHA works with several community partners to offer the mandated information session and 12-hour HUD home buyer course.
To receive information on the next information session or course, complete the form below.
Lower 9 Housing Table
Founded in 2018, the Lower 9 Housing Table to gives a voice to community priorities regarding housing creation.
Complete the form below to join
United Way SELA Matching Savings Program
United Way’s IDA Project is designed to help low-income individuals and families save money through a matched savings program.
Participants make regular deposits to a special “Individual Development Account” [IDA], held at a local financial institution. When the savings goal is reached, United Way sends a check for the asset purchase to the appropriate agency.
L9WHA can complete a referral form for residents who are interested in this program. Complete the form below and a Client Service Specialist will reach out to you directly.
White Paper: Homeownership is Affordable Housing
By MA Sheehan (Former Housing Director, L9WHA)
"Homeownership supports the housing needs of lower income people and the communities in which they live in a way that renting cannot. This affordability holds true not just for the homeowners themselves—even into the next generation—but for government at all levels."
Click on the button below to read the full white paper written by L9WHA former Director of Housing, MA Sheehan.