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If you’re a journalist covering the Katrina anniversary – or just interested in learning more about Make It Right in the Lower 9th Ward – you’ll find a lot of fast facts and figures about our work below.

On our website, you can learn more about our history and where we are today, our architects like Frank Gehry and Shigeru Ban, the sustainability features of our affordable homes and our work in communities around the country.

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Top questions about Make It Right

How many houses has Make It Right built in New Orleans?
How much money has Make It Right spent on construction of homes in New Orleans?
How much money provided to homeowners in forgivable or low-interest loans, closing cost assistance?
How many months does it take to build a Make It Right home in New Orleans?
How many home designs created for the Lower 9th Ward?

Lower 9th Ward information

How many Lower 9th Ward homes were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina?
How many people live in the Lower 9th Ward today compared to before Hurricane Katrina?
What is the average income of a Lower 9th Ward resident?

Labor force and materials sourcing

How many New Orleanians have been hired to build Make It Right’s homes?
How many local construction workers have been trained in green construction practices by Make It Right?
How many local vendors supply building materials to Make It Right?

Sustainable construction

How many tons of construction waste recycled and diverted from landfills?
How many solar panels installed on affordable homes in New Orleans?
What is the average monthly utility savings per household?
How many Energy Star appliances and light fixtures installed in Make It Right homes in in the Lower 9th Ward?

Landscape and hardscape

How many parks built or refurbished by Make It Right in the Lower 9th Ward?
How many trees have been planted in the Lower 9th Ward by Make It Right?
How many linear feet of pervious sidewalks and driveways installed in the Lower 9th Ward by Make It Right ?
How many gallons of rainwater conserved on site through pervious sidewalks and driveways?

Homeowners

How many people living in Make It Right homes in New Orleans?
How many families are currently on a waiting list for homes?
How many homes built for people who lived in the Lower 9th Ward before Katrina?
How many homes built for first-time homeowners?
How many homes built for first responders (police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians) or teachers?
How many school-age children live in Make It Right homes?
How many homes built for elderly homeowners (65 and older)?
How many homes built for veterans / active duty military families?
How many people have received financial / homeowner counseling through Make It Right in New Orleans?
How long do prospective Lower 9th Ward homeowners spend in Make It Right’s financial counseling program?

Financial questions

How much money raised?
How has money raised been spent?

Answers to Top Questions about Make It Right

How many houses has Make It Right built in New Orleans?

109 homes within a 20-block area of the Lower 9th Ward

How much money has Make It Right spent on construction of homes in New Orleans?

$26.8 million

How much money provided to homeowners in forgivable or low-interest loans and closing cost assistance?

$5.2 million in forgivable and low-interest loans
$482,767 in closing cost assistance

How many months does it take to build a Make It Right home in New Orleans?

On average, four months from ground-breaking to homeowner move-in.

How many home designs created for the Lower 9th Ward?

28
(For more information on our architects, including Frank Gehry, Shigeru Ban and David Adjaye and their home designs, please click here. For more information on our design guidelines for New Orleans, please click here.)

Lower 9th Ward information

How many Lower 9th Ward homes were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina?

5,363 (source: The Data Center)

How many people live in the Lower 9th Ward today compared to before Hurricane Katrina?

The Lower 9th Ward currently has 36.7 percent of its pre-Katrina population. (source: The Data Center)

What is the average household income in the Lower 9th Ward?

$33,557 (source: The Data Center)

Labor force and materials sourcing

How many New Orleanians have been hired and trained to build Make It Right’s sustainable homes?

790 including general contractors, sub-contractors, laborers, skilled tradespeople, landscapers, maintenance workers and project managers.

How many local vendors supply building materials to Make It Right?

17

Sustainable construction

How many tons of construction waste recycled and diverted from landfills?

524.8 tons

How many solar panels installed on affordable homes in New Orleans?

5,980

What is the average monthly utility savings per household?

$130 per month (source: Greater New Orleans Foundation study)

How many Energy Star appliances and light fixtures installed in Make It Right homes in in the Lower 9th Ward?

648 Energy Star appliances and 1,404 Energy Star light fixtures

Landscape and hardscape

How many parks built or refurbished by Make It Right in the Lower 9th Ward?

Eight

How many trees have been planted in the Lower 9th Ward by Make It Right?

334

How many linear feet of pervious sidewalks and driveways installed in the Lower 9th Ward by Make It Right ?

56,160 feet

How many gallons of rainwater conserved on site through pervious sidewalks and driveways?

1,375,685 gallons per day with average rainfall

Homeowners

How many people living in Make It Right homes in New Orleans?

278

How many families are currently on a waiting list for homes?

87

How many homes built for people who lived in the Lower 9th Ward before Katrina?

93

How many homes built for first-time homeowners?

35

How many homes built for first responders (police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians) or teachers?

12

How many school-age children live in Make It Right homes?

71

How many homes built for elderly homeowners (65 and older)?

17

How many homes built for veterans / active duty military families?

2

How many people have received financial / homeowner counseling through Make It Right in New Orleans?

1,258

How long do prospective Lower 9th Ward homeowners spend in Make It Right’s financial counseling program?

60 days to two years, depending on need.

Financial questions

How much money raised for all Make It Right projects?

2008: 12.3M

2009: 8.8M

2010: 3.5M

2011: 2.0M

2012: 6.8M

2013: 3.6M

2014: 6.1M

How have funds been allocated across all Make It Right projects?

 

Make It Right Expenditures