Make It Right is building 150 safe, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. To date, 100 homes are built and all have earned LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more about the history of this project here.
Homeowners choose from 21 innovative designs, including single-family and duplex houses, and customize their homes by choosing the paint colors, flooring, cabinets and countertops that best suit their style and needs. The average single family home is 1,400 square feet.
More than 350 people are now living in Make It Right homes in part of the neighborhood that was desolate just four years ago. In addition to providing homes, we have built an eco-friendly, solar-powered playground and worked with residents to plant community gardens throughout the neighborhood. Now we are exploring ways to attract other needed services and amenities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the community.
Make It Right also significantly invests in hiring and training local businesses and tradespeople. Our cutting-edge work in sustainable design, construction and solar power has helped train a local workforce in greencollar jobs and helped position New Orleans and Louisiana as a leader in the green economy.