Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative of New Orleans is a neighborhood-based nonprofit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities. We partner with neighborhood residents, organizations and businesses to create and maintain a stable and thriving community.
“One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring”
-The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam” speech April 4th, 1967
In the “I Have A Dream” speech delivered more than 40 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr.’s intent was to highlight the gross social and economic inequalities of our world. His words echo the story of Good Samaritans in their journey to help fellow men. It was Dr. King’s belief that justice – true justice – can only be achieved when we reimagine our individual role to lift others up. This is the philosophy through which Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative emerged, and it is this message that continues to serve as a foundation for the organization.
Jericho Road, founded in 2006 by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, was established to serve the residents of the Central City community in New Orleans following the wide-spread devastation created by Hurricane Katrina. The vision was to help build successful neighborhoods, putting residents in livable spaces and promoting residential stability and cohesion. Since its inception, Jericho Road has committed to fostering community institutions like neighborhood associations, stabilizing and investing in community infrastructure, and providing healthy, accessible housing. Jericho Road is committed to furthering its mission by expanding the development of affordable housing throughout the New Orleans metro area to address the housing affordability crisis. To this end, in 2017 Jericho Road acquired Project Homecoming, a local community development corporation that has centered its work around low-income families in the Gentilly neighborhoods.
We work directly with resident leaders across the city to improve neighborhood conditions by implementing programs and practices that foster community pride. With collaboration, we have seen great success over the life of our organization but remain committed to Dr. King’s message of restructuring our ideas. There is still a great deal of work to be done, and advocacy for justice must be regularly reaffirmed and protected. Looking towards Jericho Road’s second decade, we say with resounding solidarity that we must continue the legacy of Dr. King and strive to uphold his message of altruism, charity, and humanity.