Sacred Heart at St Bernard


Providence Community Housing and Columbia Residential to Restore

Abandoned Sacred Heart Church in New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS (February 9, 2017) – Providence Community Housing, a NeighborWorks America® chartered member, and Columbia Residential celebrated the groundbreaking of Sacred Heart at St. Bernard. Sacred Heart at St. Bernard is a new mixed‐income, multifamily community that is a redevelopment of the former Sacred Heart Church, which was constructed in 1955, on St. Bernard Avenue in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.

Located within the Faubourg Lafitte and Choice Neighborhood footprints, the church will be renovated into six rental units. Additionally, a new four‐story building will be constructed and will contain 47 residential rental units, laundry facilities, fitness center, a small public community room and approximately 4,200 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. In total, the community will provide 53 one‐ and two‐bedroom apartments, totaling over 65,000 square feet; 44 units will be reserved for residents making below 60 percent of the Area Median Income and nine will be market rate.

“Columbia Residential has a strong connection to New Orleans, and we look forward to building another successful development in this resilient city,” said Noel Khalil, founder and principal of Atlanta‐based Columbia Residential. “We seek to spur additional activity and interest in the revitalization efforts of the surrounding neighborhoods through this redevelopment.”

Construction recently began, and the community is expected to open in early 2018.  The development will create new jobs in construction and property management. The development team consists of Providence Community Housing and Columbia Residential, with assistance from Urban Focus Louisiana and Vance Vaucresson. JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Gulf Engineers & Consultants and Massengale make up the design team. Block Builders is the general contractor. Once completed, Columbia Residential Property Management will manage the property.

“Sacred Heart at St. Bernard is a continuation of Providence’s commitment to provide affordable housing options for residents of the Greater New Orleans area and is one more shining example of how successful partnerships are working to keep neighborhoods strong in our community,” said Terri North, president & CEO of Providence Community Housing.


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Providence Community Housing

Providence Community Housing fosters healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed‐income rental and homeownership housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs. The organization’s focus is to preserve and develop quality housing that provides both affordability and access to resources, opening the door for our residents to maximize their quality of life. Providence Community Housing is part of the NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.


Columbia Residential

Founded in 1991 by Noel Khalil, Columbia Residential is a leading Atlanta‐based developer and manager of affordable and mixed‐income housing. The firm operates more than 7,000 affordable and mixed‐income housing units in Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana. Columbia is known for award winning design, construction and developments. Columbia brings experience to the partnership having developed and operates more than 1,700 units of high quality, affordable senior independent living housing in Georgia and Louisiana. For more information, please visit