Homeownership provides a sense of place – belonging – where people seek security and safety. Safety comes in many forms, but owning a “forever home” provides both financial and social benefits that have implications on families and communities alike. In the post-War period, homeownership has served as the defining cornerstone of our national ethos for a great “American Dream.”
Jericho Road, however, recognizes that the dream of residential stability and the opportunities needed to achieve it are not uniform and many see homeownership as unobtainable, even elusive. We recognize the very real gaps, with disproportionately low representation about minority groups, residents of urbanized areas, and low-income earners.
Homeownership is a massive investment that entails a costly transaction, but the investment serves to stabilize neighborhoods. Access to homeownership can also positively impact educational achievement, civic participation, and enhance personal and family health outcomes. With such obvious benefits, it is no wonder that Jericho Road has sought to widen its impact in the effort to mobilize resources. In the last decade Jericho Road – in collaboration with partners and volunteers – planted the seeds for positive, healthy development.
We have engaged residents by established avenues for greater communication and distribution of resources, as well as worked with community stakeholders to identify needs that will serve to lift all those who live and work in our target development area. Jericho Road seeks to be an outcome-based non-profit organization, using our impact to determine and plan long-term goals.
Over the last decade, the scope of our work includes:
- An investment of $11 million into the Central City community,
- The development of 42 universally designed, energy-efficient affordable single-family homes in Central City,
- The successful transition of 42 low-moderate-income working families into homeownership,
- Collaboration to co-develop 263 rental units via The Muses, a mixed-income and mixed-use space housing 263 one-four bedroom apartment units, 28 market rate for-sale condos and 4,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space in Central City,
- The creation and continued maintenance of 2 urban agriculture sites including a community garden and fruit tree orchard/flower farm in Central City,
- The production of Vacant Land: Site Strategies for New Orleans booklet in collaboration with the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, formerly known as Tulane City Center,
- The implementation of blight reduction strategies on 25 vacant properties in Central City,
- The education of over 100 families through healthy living initiatives and workshops,
- The development of both pre- and post-purchase homeowner sustainability programming,
- The education and support of more than 42 homeowners through Post Purchase Workshops,
- The education and support of over 90 first-time homebuyers through the Central City Homebuyer’s Club,
- The cultivation of over 60 strategic partnerships with community organizations,
- The facilitation of over 11,000 resident volunteer hours,
- The coordination of over 100 hosted service projects resulting in over 15,000 service hours contributed to projects in Central City,
- The organization of 3 neighborhood associations in Central City,
- The conceptualization and organization of Central Circle, a stakeholders’ group with over 50 non-profit, for-profit, resident, city government members all with a specific interest in the revitalization of Central City.