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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort news archives

Below are just some of the press releases and newsletters from Habitat’s Operation Home Delivery and the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort.

For more press releases from the Gulf Coast, please visit Habitat’s newsroom.


February 13, 2007
Habitat for Humanity to build 1,000 homes in Gulf Coast by summer






April 19, 2006
From the Beltway to the Bayou: D.C. music community unites in support of the Gulf Coast






January 18, 2006
Bayou Blue community starts 25-house project







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June 2007
Baptist hands build 12 homes (7MB .pdf)
More than 450 volunteers traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the Baptist Blitz Build to build 12 Habitat for Humanity houses with victims of hurricanes Rita and Katrina.






May 2007
Couple plans Habitat honeymoon (4MB .pdf)
While other couples plan to spend their honeymoons on a luxury cruise to a tropical island or relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, Jillian Vieira and Joe Belanger plan to spend theirs swinging hammers on a Habitat for Humanity construction site.







April 2007
At home on the bayou (9MB .pdf)
Bob and Doris Meyer began an idyllic love affair with Habitat for Humanity in l997 when they signed on as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida. Four years later, this energetic twosome would be lured from their home in the West Florida coastal community of Valrico to the Jimmy Carter Work Project in South Korea.







March 2007
Cars for Homes sponsors home in the Gulf (4MB .pdf)
Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Rosario August and her four children had already qualified to become homeowners with Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity.







February 2007
Change that tune (2MB .pdf)
News that Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. and Habitat for Humanity would build a Musicians’ Village together generated worldwide buzz―and high hopes―among low-income musicians and non-musicians alike in New Orleans.







January 2007
Almost home (2MB .pdf)
Alessandra Ricard recalls her reaction when she heard the frantic voicemail left from New Orleans by one of her sisters. “I heard it, and I think I just passed out,”







December 2006
Habitat for Humanity celebrates 500th post-Katrina house (10MB .pdf)
This past November Habitat for Humanity gave thanks as volunteers raised the walls on the 500th Habitat for Humanity home to be built since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf Coast.







October 2006
A New Beginning (2MB .pdf)
“I was just happy to live through it,” Stacey Mosley said, describing her experience during Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve never been through something like that―and to be with my daughter―I had to be strong for her and just hold it together.”







September 2006
Slidell, Louisiana, family gets a fresh start with Habitat for Humanity (1MB .pdf)
Before Hurricane Katrina hit, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, had already approved Felicia Claude and her two children, 16-year-old Stacie and 10-year-old John, as a partner family. Felicia had contributed “sweat equity” by working on other Habitat houses.