More than a decade after the devastation New Orleans experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the urban landscape is dotted with vacant lots and blighted properties. City-wide efforts have made great progress in recognizing and addressing this pervasive issue. Providing solutions to blight can have a positive impact on neighborhood outlook and can provide a solution to many important problems plaguing our neighborhoods.
Because Jericho Road strives to offer affordable and sustainable housing options to low and moderate-income families, we also recognize the role in developing sustainable communities. This begins with access to housing but continues with providing a safe and healthy environment to support families beyond homeownership. Blighted properties are a threat to this and serve to undermine progress by creating havens for crime, health hazards, illegal dumping and devaluing property. In order to push our target neighborhoods forward, we must address the staggering personal costs of blighted and vacant lots and its greater impact on the community
What We Know
20% of all New Orleans properties are blighted and in a state of disrepair OR are completely vacant. In Central City, this number is as high as 25%. The proliferation of blight creates additional social and economic pressures and limits a family’s ability to thrive.
Reversing the trend: In tackling blight, research suggests that residents might benefit from reductions in crime, the removal of potential health hazards, an increase in neighborhood satisfaction and property values.
Who Is Involved
The alliance we maintain with partner organizations, as well as community members and volunteers, helps mobilize resources, establish community connections, and widen our impact. Our vacant land management goals are enhanced through collaborations with the following organizations:
See the gallery below of one of our Vacant Land Management projects from beginning to finish.