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Housing Mr. Aldrich, our New Orleans neighbor

Housing Mr. Aldrich, our New Orleans neighbor

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dear Friends, We all know longtime New Orleans handymen like David Aldrich. He never lets his tool bag out of his sight. But, like many of the people housed by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Mr. Aldrich’s pay could no longer cover rent in today’s New Orleans. So for several years, after fixing other people’s […]

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Helping a family, hard-hit by a mother's leukemia, then a child's death

Helping a family, hard-hit by a mother’s leukemia, then a child’s death

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dear Friends, Sometimes, it takes a village to ensure that children are cared for. Not so long ago, Michele Thomason, 44, didn’t need help.  She provided for her children with a steady, good-paying job as a clerk at a gas station. Then, one day, Thomason collapsed at work. An ambulance took her to a New […]

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A Letter from the Executive Director: Home for the Holidays

A Letter from the Executive Director: Home for the Holidays

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every year, I like to write to you to tell you about a family who will be enjoying a home for the holidays because of you and other generous supporters. Last week, I met Jeremy, Lacy, and their daughters, and their story will stay with me forever. I am so honored to be able to […]

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Helen, Darin, and their three children were connected to Sr. Julie Marsh at Hotel Hope after she received a call from a priest in Metairie about the family of five, who had been sleeping in their car near his church for months. The family, having lost their SSI and food stamps due to the lack […]

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Jobs for Social Justice

Jobs for Social Justice

| October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

MAKE A DIFFERENCE ARE YOU COMMITTED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE? Join UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a progressive, award-winning 25-year-old nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness and rebuilding an equitable New Orleans. We offer competitive nonprofit salaries and benefits for full-time jobs. Communications/Development Coordinator:  Entry-level position assisting Executive Director with newsletter writing & production, blogging & social […]

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2016 CoC Application for Funding

2016 CoC Application for Funding

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the collaborative applicant for the Continuum of Care for New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Kenner, has completed the 2016 CoC application for HUD funding. Below are links to the CoC Application and the Project Priority Listing which includes applications for all projects submitted as part of the CoC application. The […]

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Project Rankings for 2016 CoC Application

Project Rankings for 2016 CoC Application

| September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The CoC Governing Council met September 7, 2016 to make decisions regarding CoC policies and procedures as well as approve the project rankings for the 2016 CoC application. The CoC Governing Council reviewed the draft project rankings and tiering of projects for the 2016 CoC application.  The Council discussed all appeals, program performance, and considered […]

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Project Ranking and Tiering for 2016 CoC Application

Project Ranking and Tiering for 2016 CoC Application

| September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

The attached project rankings will be presented to the CoC Governing Council that will meet Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to decide the project rankings and tiering for the 2016 CoC Applications. These rankings are based on the criteria already approved by the CoC Governing Council and posted at http://unitygno.org/coc-project-scoring-and-ranking-criteria/ Project Rankings Sept2 Any concerns or […]

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CoC Project Scoring and Ranking Criteria

CoC Project Scoring and Ranking Criteria

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The CoC Governing Council met on August 17 to determine the project scoring and ranking criteria for the CoC project applications to be submitted as part of the 2016 CoC Application to HUD for LA-503 New Orleans-Jefferson Parish – Kenner CoC. Attached is a summary of the changes for this year and changes for the […]

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Projects to be Ranked in the 2016 CoC Application to HUD

Projects to be Ranked in the 2016 CoC Application to HUD

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

UNITY staff have conducted a threshold review of all renewal applications and new applications for coordinated entry projects. The UNITY CoC Evaluation and Project Selection Committee reviewed and selected new project sponsors for the new reallocation project(s), bonus projects and for renewal projects needing a new project sponsor. This As a result of these reviews, […]

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