A little over six years ago, as our city was destroyed by flood, most New Orleanians experienced homelessness. Those of us who were lucky rebuilt our lives piece by piece, heartened by the kindness and generosity of strangers.
We now have the unique opportunity to pay that generosity forward and help those most in need of rebuilding their lives!
Over the past year, UNITY and its member organizations have rescued many homeless persons who were living in the Calliope homeless camp in Central City New Orleans. UNITY has already placed more than 65 camp residents in permanent housing and we’re working to place another 70 persons as quickly as possible. Although their struggle to survive is no longer visible, they desperately need our support to begin a new life. With your help, we can make sure they have the basics to get started in their new apartments – a bed, a table, dishes, cleaning supplies – and food to sustain them while they get back on their feet.
UNITY is working day and night to permanently end the homelessness of the people who lived in the camp. People like Lamar…a young man with AIDS and Cerebral Palsy whose extreme disabilities have caused his homelessness.
We know from experience that ending homelessness requires a community-wide effort. With your help, in an eight month period from 2007-2008, we successfully housed 452 persons from two-large scale homeless camps in downtown New Orleans. The vast majority of those persons remain housed today. Together, we transformed lives and we have the opportunity to do so again.
We need you to help today by providing food and water, as well as basic supplies for their new home — simple necessities like a new bed, linens, and simple housewares.
For more information, please contact UNITY at (504) 821-4496. You can also donate by clicking here.
Thank you for your support!