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2013-09-22 23:03:06

NOAHH Recognizes Retired and Senior Contributors New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) September 22, 2013 Sunday, September 22 to Saturday, September 28 marks Active Aging Week this year, and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is proud to honor the contributions of senior and retired volunteers and donors to the organization. Recently, NOAHH highlighted two core volunteers, Keith Dix and Carmel Guitterez, both of whom have been regular and indispensable supporters of Habitat. NOAHH is also...

2010-11-24 10:32:00

America's Most Trusted Contractor Offers Advice to Victimized Homeowners TORONTO, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ - Mike Holmes, star of Holmes on Homes and Holmes in New Orleans on HGTV will be in ChicagoNovember 26. Mike Holmes is the champion of homeowners who've been ripped off by unscrupulous and incompetent contractors. Homes are damaged by flood, fire, severe weather, as well as bad renovations--and homeowners are vulnerable to poor restorations, mould and structural damage in their...

2009-08-29 08:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Make It Right is keeping Brad Pitt's promise to New Orleans. Almost two years ago, the actor pledged to build 150 affordable, green homes in the Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding it caused. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the storm, 14 families are living in homes built by Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. Nineteen homes are currently under construction on the site and 49 families are in the process...

2006-08-16 14:26:56

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The future of New Orleans and its ability to recover from Hurricane Katrina is uncertain, film director Spike Lee said on Wednesday ahead of the premiere of a four-hour documentary on the storm. "It could go either way, in my opinion, down here," he said, reflecting on the fact that many parts of the city are far from cleaned up or rebuilt. Lee, one of the film industry's most prominent African-American directors, took nearly a year to make the film about...

2006-07-02 12:37:51

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Bill Friend thought he was ready to go home again. He had read the newspapers, watched TV and talked with friends about the devastation wreaked on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Still, he was shocked. "You go down street after street after street and see nothing -- wreckage," said Friend, 80, who grew up in New Orleans and now lives in the Washington area. "The overall impression of it is how much of it there is." Katrina hit New...

2006-06-29 17:42:45

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - As New Orleans rebuilds tens of thousands of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. federal disaster agency has recommended rebuilding at levels below last year's floods, reigniting a debate about how the levee-ringed city can be rebuilt safely. At stake is the resilience of the new New Orleans and billions of dollars in government aid, insurance payments and private investments. If buildings are rebuilt too low, most of the money...

2006-06-27 17:16:14

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Poor blacks in New Orleans sued on Tuesday to stop the government from replacing public housing units with mixed-income dwellings, calling it a discriminatory move that would bar them from coming home after Hurricane Katrina. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to raze more than half of the low-income housing units it oversees in the city and replace them over the next few years with units the agency says...

2006-06-19 18:37:46

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Nearly 10 months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, tow trucks began taking a hundred thousand battered and muddy cars tossed around by the storm on their last rides on Monday. After a number of false starts, Louisiana is paying $33 million for a private contractor to haul away "Katrina cars" abandoned across the storm-hit southern half of the state and put them in holding areas, where they will be kept before being crushed --...

2006-06-08 20:18:15

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - People returning to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina have driven house prices up 10 percent as they compete for the few structures that survived, University of New Orleans researchers said on Thursday. Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city, killed more than 1,500 and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. While many may never come back, those who return face slim pickings in a city where entire neighborhoods were destroyed and...

2006-05-29 15:08:08

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Yvonne Wise recalled many customers of her clothes alteration business as she marched past smashed homes and rusting, overturned cars of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward to the joyous sounds of a brass band. Moments before, in New Orleans jazz funeral tradition, the Treme Brass Band's renditions were somber as Wise and dozens of others stood where a levee gave way nine months earlier to the day, sending a torrent through the streets of the Lower...