Name of Host Organization: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
City, State: New Orleans, Louisiana
Issue area: Housing/Homelessness
Sponsors: Norflet Progress Fund
Stephanie provided outreach, legal education, and direct legal services to help low-income New Orleans residents overcome title problems that prevent them from accessing hurricane rebuilding funds and other assistance programs.
Need Addressed By Project
In low-income Louisiana communities it is traditional for families to pass property down informally, often for generations, without ever clearing title to the property. This practice leaves the occupants without the ability to prove they own the property, meaning they are unable to sell, encumber, or insure the property. These problems became particularly acute after Hurricane Katrina, when victims living in “heir property” were unable to access disaster recovery funds and repair their homes. Clearing title to these properties allows home-owners to access funding for potential disasters and makes the community more resilient in the face of future disasters.
New Orleans, Louisiana