Providence Community House

About Us

President's Message

Terri North, PresidentAt Providence Community Housing, we are building better communities for our residents that will have a meaningful impact today and for generations to come. Quality housing has a direct positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of every member of a household.

Quality housing that is affordable and accessible is the cornerstone to health for individuals, families, and communities. When housing is affordable, families are less likely to face the difficult financial decisions and choices that impact their health and quality of life. Children who live in quality houses perform better in school and have fewer behavior issues.

Quality homes provide a refuge from harmful pollutants and toxic substances that can affect the well-being our children. Outdoor green space and play spaces encourage residents to get out of their homes and be physically active. And access to support services offered in partnership with community-based organizations increases our residents’ access to opportunities and promotes community engagement.

Forming strong communities is paramount to Providence’s mission to transform lives and communities through the development and preservation of affordable homes while connecting individuals and families to opportunities that enhance their quality of life.

Since 2006, Providence Community Housing currently provides more than 2,100 people throughout the Greater New Orleans region with a quality place to live that they can afford. We have helped more than 600 individuals and families realize the dream of homeownership. Our continued commitment to innovative strategies will help us build and preserve a significant number of homes in the years ahead – homes that New Orleanians can afford in familiar neighborhoods that, with investment, have the potential to thrive. This is critical to help meet the extraordinary housing needs of our community over the next five years and beyond.

We invite you to partner with us on our journey to create vibrant communities that support individuals and families.

Terri North President and CEO

Our Vision & Values

We believe HOME is important to every individual regardless of income, religion, race or gender. Our work is focused on helping people find a true home where they feel safe and have access to what they need to live full lives.

  • Stability/Mobility
  • Compassion
  • Community
  • Empathy
  • Quality
  • Equity

Our Strategic Vision

Providence Community Housing operates from a holistic model that places real estate development at the center of our work. Our strategic vision expands Providence’s current operating area beyond the boundary lines of the Greater New Orleans area to serve individuals and families across the Gulf Coast.

We believe that communities are only as strong as the individuals and families that reside within them. Along with creating and preserving long-term affordable housing, Providence supports residents by connecting them to resources and services that can create opportunities and improve their quality of life.

Moreover, our development model benefits marginalized families and communities. We develop properties near places with high economic potential. Retail and community spaces within our properties provide opportunities to small businesses and community-based organizations through low-rent retail and community meeting spaces. By providing support in the areas of operations and occupancy through our developments, we help small businesses build a strong platform toward scalability and support the growth of community-based organizations working towards stronger, healthier neighborhoods.

Our Goals

Produce

Preserve

Empower

PRODUCE new units of long-term affordable housing.

Providence strives to provide equitable housing options that are of high quality, affordable, and near areas of opportunity. We are mindful of the ability to utilize our properties as community anchors that spark continued development and investment in targeted areas. As such, we utilize a strategic approach to assessing real estate prospects and a multi-pronged approach to development to ensure access to opportunities and resources for the communities we serve.

PRESERVE long-term affordability options for existing properties.

Providence strives to preserve the long-term affordability of existing housing through the acquisition of income-restricted or naturally affordable properties that have a potential to be converted to market rate rentals or condominiums. One of the only ways to prevent gentrification and displacement in mature, high opportunity neighborhoods is to purchase existing properties and make a long-term commitment to keep them affordable. Through acquisitions in such neighborhoods, Providence ensures a place at the table for all residents to have access to jobs, schools, transportation and health services while helping our community retain its rich history, culture, and traditions.

EMPOWER strong communities.

Through an integrated approach, Providence’s properties provide service and support to help our communities thrive. Whether through direct service or partnerships with our property management agents, case management is available to support individuals and families in need. Through case management, Providence residents can be connected to services and opportunities to improve financial stability and overall health. Providence also provides homeownership opportunities to low- to -moderate income families that stabilize neighborhoods and encourage individual wealth building.

Board of Directors

Charlotte Bourgeois (Chair)

Project Consultant

Alan Arnold

New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board (retired)

Brigid Collins

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Gary Giepert

The Giepert Law Firm, LLC

Brown Marks

Richard’s Disposal

Brian Rotolo (Immediate Past Chair)

Ernst & Young LLP

Deacon Allen Stevens

St. Peter Claver Church

Larry Schedler (Vice-Chair)

Larry G. Schedler & Associates, Inc.

Sr. Leona Bruner

Sisters of the Holy Family

Gerald Duhon

Cafe Reconcile

Lydia Jackson

Capital One Bank

Robert Munch

Laitram LLC

Glenis Scott

Total Community Action

Michelle Whetten

Enterprise Community Partners

Our Staff

Our Partners

partner hano
partner enterprise
partner neighbor
partner artspace
partner nola redev
partner Archdiocese of New Orleans
partner Christopher Homes
partner columbia residential
partner McCormack Baron Managment
partner Latter Blum
partner capital one

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