Beacon of Hope is mobilizing its resources in response to the recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. We are working in conjunction with local organizations that are managing volunteers and providing resources to homeowners in affected areas. In order to best serve the residents of Louisiana impacted by the flooding that took place in August, we are also in partnership with SBP*, formerly St. Bernard Project, and The Baton Rouge Advocate* to broaden our reach and provide a complete package of services to restore neighborhoods. This association will blend our proven model for recovery with SBP's highly effective restoration and rebuilding programs to bring individuals and communities back to their former status.
Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Beacon of Hope provides a model for recovery in neighborhoods devastated by disaster. Encouraging civic action, fostering repopulation, providing information and resources is the foundation on which we build and grow. Beacon of Hope empowers residents to facilitate their own recovery while providing a hub of resident driven activities and a safe environment to create the synergy essential for restoring viable neighborhoods and improving the overall quality of life for residents.
In New Orleans, Beacon of Hope Resource Center helped repopulate and redevelop neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Katrina through 25 Satellite Beacons and served more than 31,000 households. These Beacons have engaged more than 750 resident volunteers to participate in neighborhood teams. The Beacons also provided neighborhood residents with volunteers, and the resources necessary to rebuild, such as obtaining a building permit, choosing a contractor, getting power restored, assistance in applying for government assistance, insurance processes, etc.
Since inception, Beacon of Hope's Centers have hosted more than 30,000 volunteers from around the world. These volunteers have assisted 1,700 residents with light rebuilding projects, cleared thousands of vacant and overgrown lots, restored 10 playgrounds, and replanted over 25 miles of public green space. These services have made our neighborhoods sustainable and more inviting to new and returning residents and businesses.
SBP is a nationally recognized leader in disaster resilience and recovery. With its construction system enhanced and optimized through ongoing partnerships with Toyota and UPS, SBP rebuilds homes far below market rate, and carries out construction projects with much lower subsidies than traditional affordable housing models. SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,150 families with the help of more than 150,000 volunteers in Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Texas, South Carolina., WVirginia, and Missouri. www.stbernardproject.org
*The Baton Rouge Advocate
Since the moment the waters began to rise The Baton Rouge Advocate has proven to be a reliable source of important , concise information . They are committed to continuing their intense coverage, by providing recovery information and valuable links to resources for homeowners and volunteers alike, for the duration. The Beacon of Hope is affiliated with the Advocate and will be sharing information pertinent to the recovery as new resources come on line. So please keep current on the latest by either, getting the mobile app, reading a printed paper, or visit their website www.theadvocate.com, Click the News Tab and select the LOUISIANA FLOOD 2016 tab from the drop down menu.