Rebuilding Together New Orleans started in 1988 when the Preservation Resource Center instituted a one-day neighborhood revitalization program in the Lower Garden District. Named Christmas in October, the pilot program was modeled after the national Christmas in April program. It was implemented to address the needs of existing elderly and disabled homeowners who had become ill-equipped to manage home repair.
After Hurricane Katrina, we modified our mission to aid those displaced by the storm. We began to focus on the total renovation and rebuilding of storm-damaged homes. By reinvesting in and restoring the existing housing stock of the city, we brought homeowners back home and provided a model for restoring and preserving New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
In 2019, we became our own, independent 501(c)(3) organization. While keeping a focus on the national Rebuilding Together network’s mission of a safe and healthy home for everyone, we continue to respond to hurricanes and other disasters, and we’re committed to the long-term recovery and revitalization of New Orleans neighborhoods.