UNITY assists our partner agencies and other non-profit groups in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish to convert abandoned buildings into mixed-income housing for formerly homeless disabled persons and low-income workers in partnership with the Common Ground Institute of New York—the nation’s leading non-profit developer of supportive housing . The housing developed through this partnership ends homelessness for disabled homeless individuals through the evidence-based use of Permanent Supportive Housing – rental subsidies coupled with intensive case management services to help the person remain stably housed – and prevents homelessness by providing affordable apartments for low-wage workers—the backbone of our local economy.
These developments rehabilitate hurricane-damaged buildings and spur revitalization of neighborhoods. UNITY has developed three properties since 1998 housing over 100 persons and six properties are currently under development. UNITY’s goal is to create 1000 units of affordable housing for homeless and low-income individuals.