Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall in late 2005 and became one of the most destructive disasters in United States’ history. The two hurricanes displaced more than a million residents, inflicted major damage to nearly 550,000 homes and demolished hundreds of square miles of coastal land.
Within weeks after Hurricane Katrina barreled across the U.S. Gulf Coast, Habitat for Humanity started building houses and rebuilding lives, and Habitat affiliates continue to build houses in affected areas.
Habitat’s immediate response
Habitat for Humanity responded to the devastation by implementing Operation Home Delivery, which helped low-income, hurricane-affected families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama achieve simple, decent and affordable housing.
The Carter Work Project builds in the Gulf Coast
In May 2008, more than 5,000 volunteers joined the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project at sites along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Alabama to Beaumont, Texas. Their effort helped move 250 more families closer to living in a secure home once again.
A Decade of Dedication
Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West hosted A Decade of Dedication in November 2015. The event commemorated 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with a week of training and continued service and brought together more than 50 Disaster Corps and Disaster Rebuild Team volunteers from across the nation. Participants helped in the building of four new homes, contributing to the overall total of more than 6,000 houses built, rehabbed and repaired since the hurricanes.
Habitat’s continuing work
The Gulf Coast region is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Although Habitat’s initial Gulf Coast disaster response program, Operation Home Delivery, is officially complete, Gulf Coast affiliates continue to build houses in the hurricane-affected areas as part of Habitat’s long-term program―the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort.
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