UNITY of Greater New Orleans,
which provides housing and services to the city's homeless, opened the 60-unit Rosa F. Keller building at 2222 Tulane Ave. last week. UNITY staff will provide social and health services to its tenants. The organization also is developing several similar buildings in New Orleans and plans are under way for 100 apartments in the 9th Ward.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
awarded a $150,000 grant to The Sankofa Community Development Corp. to support its Health, Education, Agriculture and Leadership (HEAL) program and youth entrepreneurship, gardening and education initiatives. The 9th Ward-based organization runs several community and school gardens as well as the Sankofa Farmers Market, held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Holy Angels Convent (3500 St. Claude Ave.).
executive director of the New Orleans Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN), was awarded the 2012 Neighborhood Development Foundation's Leadership award. NPN was founded in 2006 and helps neighborhood groups apply for funding, offers networking and education opportunities and publishes a newsletter called The Trumpet. Other award recipients include the New Orleans Hornets, Harrah's New Orleans, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative and The Joy Theater.
an ESPN radio host, blasted New Orleans as a home for major sporting events and took shots at the city's airport, hotels and safety during a broadcast earlier this month. The following day, Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded, "New Orleans puts on the best damn party of any other city anywhere in America. ... How do you spell 'dumbass' in French?"