The rehabilitation of 26 scattered-site historic houses into 46 homes for low-income families.
Iberville Offsite Rehabs I & II is the historic rehabilitation of 46 homes in New Orleans, Louisiana into affordable housing for homeless women and children. Located within the 7th Ward and Treme, the formerly vacant and blighted one- and two-family structures were sensitively rehabilitated to provide affordable housing for primarily very low-income families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The renovations preserved each building’s unique architectural character while providing modern amenities and energy saving features such as solar water heating and photovoltaics. The homes are part of a larger Choice Neighborhoods Redevelopment Plan, a program by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. Completed in 2014, the project is a public private partnership between the Housing Authority of New Orleans, New Orleans Women’s and Children’s Shelter, and Redmellon Restoration and Development. Financing for the $12.1 million scattered site development was provided in part by affordable housing and historic preservation subsidies and low-income housing tax credits.
This project has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. In February, March, April, and May RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites. Findings and lessons learned will be relayed through detailed case studies and published on this site and in book form in 2018 as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students.