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The Times-Picayune: Homeless Population in New Orleans Rises 70 Percent since Hurricane Katrina

The Times-Picayune: Homeless Population in New Orleans Rises 70 Percent since Hurricane Katrina

| June 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 9:45 PM By Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune The homeless population in Orleans and Jefferson parishes stands at 9,200, 70 percent higher than before Hurricane Katrina, with the largest share of people living in abandoned buildings, according to counts and estimates released Thursday by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a collaborative […]

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WWLTV: UNITY Combats Homeless Problem in New Orleans

| June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jill Hezeau / Eyewitness News The numbers are staggering: Officials with the organization UNITY of Greater New Orleans reported the city has one of the highest homeless rates in the country. Since Hurricane Katrina, the number of people homeless in Orleans and Jefferson parishes has increased by 70 percent. UNITY introduced four initiatives Thursday to […]

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Fig and Eagle

Fig and Eagle

| April 8, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve got a headache. It all started with a conversation through the threadbare screen door of an abandoned house. A week ago myself and Clarence scampered over a chain-link fence, trail blazed through an overgrown side yard, pushed open a crumbling back door falling off the hinges, danced across rotted floorboards and illuminated the well-established […]

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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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