Common Ground Community Adoption Program

Common Ground Community Adoption Program

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BACKGROUND:

Because of systematic political and economic neglect as well as the threat of rampant disenfranchisement, New Orleans’ working class and poor communities are in dire need of immediate support in their rebuilding efforts.

The vast delays on insurance policy pay-outs and the foot-dragging bureaucracy that mires the Federal Disaster Fund (Road Home) grants result in residents’ inability to repair and/or rebuild their homes.

The City has implemented a so-called “Good Neighbor Plan” that directs its health department to condemn private properties that have yet to be repaired or rebuilt, setting into motion a process leading to the “expropriation” of such lands by the New Orleans Redevelopment Agency (N.O.R.A.).

Residents are losing their homes at an alarming rate because of lack of financial and material resources. Additionally, many of those who wish to repair/rebuild their homes are displaced residents, evacuees scattered in over forty states.

Common Ground has recently launched a community adoption project that will assist these residents in obtaining desperately needed financial and material resources. This program will also make contributed skilled labor available to those who wish to rebuild.

We are reaching out to national and international communities to encourage them to “Adopt” a Home, a School, a Church, a block of Houses for repair or reconstruction.

YOU CAN HELP BY IMPLEMENTING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Purchasing, at wholesale, as well as shipping building supplies and materials for a particular structure, i.e. sheet rock, plywood, paint, bricks,