Preserving Affordable Housing in New Orleans Historic Districts
The Preservation Resource Center’s Revival Grants program is designed to help both low-to moderate-income homeowners and to preserve the historic architecture and culture of our city’s oldest neighborhoods.
HOW IT WORKS:
The Preservation Resource Center will provide funding to eligible homes that have been cited for violations by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). The grants only cover minor repairs to the exterior of each property.
Examples of eligible repairs:
- Replacing inappropriate materials used for doors, windows, shutters, fences, etc.
- Repairing or replacing damaged gutters, siding, trim work
- Other violations to HDLC guidelines
This program assists low-to-moderate-income homeowners who live in HDLC full control historic districts, or in partial control districts that levy fines. By helping these homeowners to repair and maintain their homes, they will be able to remain in their houses and pass their property on to future generations. The Preservation Resource Center will evaluate homeowners by need and scope of work.
- Must reside in an HDLC full control historic district, or in a partial control district that levies fines. Homeowners can verify if they are located in an HDLC district using property.nola.gov.
Must have been cited for violations by the Historic District Landmarks Commission.
- Must be a homeowner and only own one property.
- Must be a low-to moderate-income household as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This means the total household income cannot exceed the current 80% AMI limit, which is as follows in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA HUD Metro:
- $39,300 for a family of 1
- $44,900 for a family of 2
- $50,500 for a family of 3
- $56,100 for a family of 4
- $60,600 for a family of 5
- $65,100 for a family of 6
- $69,600 for a family of 7
- $74,100 for a family of 8
HOW TO APPLY:
If you meet the above criteria, please contact the Preservation Resource Center by calling 504-581-7032 or fill out an application, and a staff member will be in touch soon.
Qualified applicants own a home within an HDLC full control historic district, or in a partial control district that levies fines. Homeowners can verify if they are located within an HDLC district using property.nola.gov
Preservation Resource Center • 923 Tchoupitoulas St. • [email protected] • (504) 301-5020
If you are interested in being a contractor for one of the Revival Grants projects, please fill out a contractor application and submit it to [email protected].
PRC is also currently doing Hurricane Ida recovery projects in all historic districts in the city, including National Register Historic Districts, State Cultural Districts and Local Historic Districts. Learn more and see who qualifies for PRC’s Hurricane Relief Fund.
“PRC expands the Revival Grants program to full-control historic districts across the city” Preservation in Print, October 2021.
“PRC’s Revival Grants program celebrates a year of free home repairs for those in need” Preservation in Print, March 2021.
“PRC launches grant program to preserve historic houses in Tremé.” The Louisiana Weekly, 2019
“PRCNO Introduces Revival Grants for Treme.” WWNO, 2019
The PRC’s Revival Grants program is funded in part by a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a grant from the Richard and Julia Moe Family Fund. Both of these funds are programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Additonal support for Revival Grants comes from The 1772 Foundation, the City of New Orleans, Hancock Whitney Bank, the Bentson Foundation, Regions Bank, and other private donors.