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Comeback Communities

On June 18, 2015, we hosted a summit called Comeback Communities to identify, explore, celebrate and nurture the essential ingredients of strong, resilient communities – from engaged residents; to innovative entrepreneurs; to committed, mission-driven nonprofits. That afternoon, participants toured three local sites to see recovery in process. On the final day, participants were invited to repair and rehab homes in New Orleans East.


 

Stories from the Gulf Coast

Affordable housing for musicians preserves culture
Affordable housing for musicians preserves culture
The city of New Orleans knows how to support and nurture its artists. Read a story about a unique housing development just for musicians - and hear one of them sing about what it means to be homeless.
Partners join to ensure 'no resident is left behind'
Partners join to ensure 'no resident is left behind'
Terri North and Emelda Paul were intent on making sure that when New Orleans' old Lafitte housing development was rebuilt after being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, its original residents would have the first opportunity to return. Read the story.
Reversing food deserts with neighborhood grocers
Reversing food deserts with neighborhood grocers
Hurricane Katrina wiped out many grocery stores and left residents without access to fresh food. Read the story of how Circle Food re-opened through partnership and dedication.
Repairs help elderly and disabled stay in their homes
Repairs help elderly and disabled stay in their homes
Low-income elderly and disabled residents of New Orleans often struggle to stay in their homes, both due to the aging building stock and the lingering aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Rebuilding Together brings volunteers to their aid. Read the story.

 

 

 

Measuring Community in America: a NeighborWorks America poll

On June 15, 2015, NeighborWorks America released highlights from its first community and neighbor satisfaction poll. The national and gulf coast regional polls found that Americans are overwhelmingly positive about their neighbors and are satisfied with the quality of their communities. Most report living in strong, neighborly communities where people know each other well.

This positive view of community was reported across all segments of the economy, with slightly better results reported by residents living along America’s gulf coast.

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