Since its inception, Jericho Road has been geographically focused in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable across New Orleans, Jericho Road has recognized the need to scale up its work city-wide. Although our geographic focus has widened, Jericho Road is still committed to investing in residents of Central City community.
Central City – The Numbers
Central City is a diverse neighborhood, home to all demographics. The Numbers section illustrates who calls Central City home and provides a profile of our target population.
- The larger Central City area is home to over 13,000 residents, a level that is down from a pre-Katrina population of 19,000
- 72% of these Central City residents are African American
- Those identifying as Hispanic now represent 5.4% of the community’s residents, a number which has increased by more than 300% since the storm
- 30% of neighborhood residents are under the age of 18, while 12.5% are over the age 65 years old
- 46% of residents are living below the poverty line, a figure down from a pre-Katrina high of 50%
- 30% of residents work in food services, retail, or hospitality, while an additional 13% work in health care and social assistance
- Average rent is $627.00 , about $150.00 less than the parish average
- 45% of all homeowners and 65% of all renters in Central City are burdened by housing affordability, paying more than 30% of their monthly income towards housing costs
Due to the pressing need for affordable housing in New Orleans and given Jericho Road’s designation by the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), Jericho Road is expanding its work into other regions of the New Orleans Metro area. Expansion includes the Gentilly and Seventh Ward neighborhoods in Orleans Parish and parts of both the East Bank and the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.