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4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Growing Home Helps New Orleans Invest Millions to Landscape Vacant Land

You see it in your neighborhood or on your way to work: an abandoned house or empty lot — a small piece of New Orleans which once belonged to someone, but now, is sagging or overgrown or both.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s Lot Next Door Program sells former Road Home properties to folks who, like the name says, live next door. But it’s NORA's lesser known program, Growing Home, which performs the nifty trick of helping buyers pay for their new, feral lots by transforming them into respectable, green spaces.

Growing Home has helped over 1000 New Orleans families make their neighborhoods more beautiful and eco-friendly; Eve Abrams watched the transformation in action.