L9WHA Upcoming Events & Programs

The L9WHA presents a series of educational programs for current homeowners to ensure they are informed about upcoming policies and initiatives affecting homeownership in the Lower 9th Ward.

This series also includes seminars for future homeowners. The L9WHA objective is to remove systemic barriers to homeownership for all community members. To participate:

Call in & listen: (929)205-6099

Meeting ID: 81685541344

Passcode: 149077


Watch & listen via:  facebook.com/L9WHA 

Celebrating National Homeownership Month
June 15, 5:30 PM

Celebrating National Homeownership Month, come and learn about the benefits of becoming a homeowner from building your financial future to creating your own personal space to prioritizing your family's needs.  We'll also cover the importance of protecting your home and preserving the wealth it brings for the long-term.


Lydia Cutrer is a real estate agent with Delisha Boyd Realty and a consultant through her firm, The O.W.N. Life, where she works with individual and business clients to Build Wealth through Real Estate.  She gained experience in financing affordable housing and community facilities, overseeing a homebuyer mortgage program, and managing commercial real estate investments across the country at firms such as JPMorgan Chase, PNC and Calvert Impact Capital.   At PNC, she managed a 1.5MM sf real estate portfolio on behalf of the $2.0B AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust.  At Calvert, she managed $35.0MM in loans to 40 affordable housing developers and CDFIs.


Lydia earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her BBA from Temple University.  She is active on the boards or committees Good Work Network and the Sisters of the Holy Family.  Lydia is an avid tennis player and traveler.

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City of New Orleans Tax Assessor's Office
June 13, 5:30 PM

“Every property in Orleans Parish has value. The Assessor's Office places a value on land, homes, commercial buildings and other taxable property in Orleans Parish as fairly and accurately as possible.  The Orleans Parish Assessor utilizes a Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal system for maintaining property data and values to achieve greater tax equity through a uniform, transparent automated system. The public can access this data through our Search Records function and can learn more by downloading our informational flyer,The Mass Appraisal Process.” (City of New Orleans, 2021).

Join L9WHA staff as we facilitate a discussion with a special guest from the City of New Orleans Tax Assessor's Office.

Program Archive

Below you will find recordings of  past online programs we have had the privilege of hosting.  

"Homeownership & Financial Wellness"

May 18, 5:30 PM

Home ownership is one of the most important transactions you will make in your lifetime. Home ownership can set the foundation for generational wealth and financial wellness for you and your family. This workshop will discuss key topics about homeownership, such as financing, maintaining, and insuring a home. The workshop will be presented by Giazzlyn Duncan, Director of Home Ownership Protect at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center. 

Watch the recording here

"Hurricane Preparation for Homeowners & Residents"

May 11, 5:30 PM

Is your home ready for hurricane season? We all know hurricanes bring tornadoes, winds, rain, and flooding. Preparing your home before a storm arrives can help to reduce damage.  Anna Nguyen, Community Engagement Coordinator, NOLA Ready-City of New Orleans will discuss ways to prepare your home for the 2021 hurricane season. 

Watch the recording here

"Foreclosure Avoidance Workshop"

April 13, 5:30 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for families. Physical and mental health have been a major concern during the pandemic. For many families, financial problems have become much more of a burden. This summer mortgage payments will be due. Homeowners with past due mortgages risk foreclosure.

Giazzlyn Duncan will discuss ways to avoid foreclosure and resolve delinquent mortgages. Giazzlyn is the Director of Home Ownership Protect at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

Watch the recording here

"Understanding Your Property Taxes"

February 9, 5:30 PM

On Tuesday Feb. 9 at 5:30, the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association kicked off it’s 2021 Homeowner Education Series with a program on “Understanding Your Property Taxes.”


Property taxes are due this year on February 28. If you don’t understand your tax bill, if you think you’re being charged too much, if your home has gone to tax sale, or if you’re a homeowner who just wants to know how their taxes are calculated, this program is for you. 


The program was taught by M.A. Sheehan, long-time Housing Director for the L9WHA and an expert on helping individual homeowners navigate the assessment and tax payment process.

The L9WHA is also offering individual services to Lower 9th Ward homeowners who are having problems with their taxes.

To request services, or for more information on the program, please call us at 504-943-6000 or email info@l9wha.org

Watch the recording here

"The Front Yard Initiative FYI"

March 9, 5:30 PM

Join the Urban Conservancy and the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association to learn more about green infrastructure and how it can help reduce flooding on your property with FYI.

The Front Yard Initiative (FYI) is a program of the Urban Conservancy (UC), a nonprofit that has been on the forefront of equitable land use decisions since its founding in 2001. At the Front Yard Initiative we incentivize homeowners to remove excessive paving and replace it with green infrastructure to help reduce localized flooding. Green infrastructure is a type of water management that mimics natural water cycles. It can be implemented on very large scales for city projects all the way down to individual interventions on residential properties. To learn more about the Urban Conservancy visit their website at https://www.urbanconservancy.org/ 


For more information on the program, please call us at 504-943-6000 or email info@l9wha.org.

Watch the recording here