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Katrina’s Ruins Home to Thousands of Homeless

Katrina’s Ruins Home to Thousands of Homeless

| February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The dark blue rescue van pulls up in front of a sad shell of a house, a few blocks from the police station and criminal court. It’s turning into a cold January night. Slipping on gloves, social workers Mike Miller and Katy Quigley head in. “Homeless outreach! […]

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WWLTV Sunday Edition: Homeless in N.O.

WWLTV Sunday Edition: Homeless in N.O.

| January 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

by Lesley Simpson / Eyewitness News Posted on January 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM The homeless situation in New Orleans appears to be a growing challenge, with more people on the streets and limited spaces in local shelters to accommodate them. The issue becomes a special concern on nights when the weather is so dangerously […]

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UNITY Releases Report on People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins

UNITY Releases Report on People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins

| December 28, 2010 | 3 Comments

August 24, 2010 The Abandoned Buildings Outreach Team of UNITY of Greater New Orleans has released a detailed report of the Team’s findings and recommendations from 18 months of combing the city’s abandoned buildings in search of elderly and disabled survivors of Hurricane Katrina, “Search and Rescue Five Years Later: Saving People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins.”  Thus far, […]

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The Times-Picayune: Agency for Homeless Seeks Neighbors’ Support: A Letter to the Editor

The Times-Picayune: Agency for Homeless Seeks Neighbors’ Support: A Letter to the Editor

| December 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 1:22 AM By Letters to the Editor Misunderstanding persists about the Esplanade Avenue building that UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit organization, and our partners are seeking to revitalize. We plan to transform the former Bethany nursing home, abandoned since Hurricane Katrina, into apartments for low-wage workers and formerly […]

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Ms. Gwen

Ms. Gwen

| December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

I fully expect to one day be tapped on the shoulder, turn my head and have my face meet the clenched fist of Ms. Gwendolyn. It would be justified. As a mental health professional, I’ll take one for all the social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, LPC’s, psych tech, pharmacists, case managers, outreach workers and administrators who […]

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Five Years After Katrina...The Long Road Back

Five Years After Katrina…The Long Road Back

| October 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE • September 2010 While progress has been made, New Orleans still suffers from a lack of affordable housing BY DONNA KIMURA NEW ORLEANS—A few bare walls and broken doors separate Mike Miller from the unknown. “Hey guys, you home?” he calls out while standing outside a desperate looking building. “It’s Mike from […]

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Ghosts from Before Katrina

Ghosts from Before Katrina

| October 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

“Hey UNITY, I’m waiting for you!!!” These are the words shouted from the front porch of a shotgun double in Central City as we drove past in the van this afternoon.  The man shouting them yells them nearly verbatim whenever he sees us.  We’ve met him before.  We’ve explained that, as he has an apartment, […]

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Five Years After Katrina: Reaching Out in New Orleans

Five Years After Katrina: Reaching Out in New Orleans

| August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

by Shamus Rohn August 24, 2010  Max is crying today. Only five nights ago, we met Max in an abandoned house in the Mid City neighborhood of New Orleans. The house has not been touched since flooding from Hurricane Katrina as evidenced by the water marks and mold on the un-gutted walls. Max is 42, […]

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Public News Service: Homelessness Doubled Post-Katrina

Public News Service: Homelessness Doubled Post-Katrina

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

August 26, 2010 NEW ORLEANS – For the past year and a half, the non-profit group UNITY of Greater New Orleans has sent search teams into the more than 55,000 abandoned buildings around the city. They estimate that as many as 6,000 homeless people are living in Katrina’s ruins. Seventy-five percent of the abandoned-building dwellers […]

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The Times-Picayune: Buildings left Blighted by Hurricane Katrina House Thousands

The Times-Picayune: Buildings left Blighted by Hurricane Katrina House Thousands

| August 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 6:00 AM Carrie Morgan Handy, 63, lived in a mold-ridden cinderblock house in the 9th Ward for three years, until she was discovered a few months ago by caseworkers from UNITY of Greater New Orleans, who routinely search the city for squatters. Handy, who was stranded […]

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