St. Bernard Project
St. Bernard Project (SBP) was founded in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple, who originally lived in Washington, D.C., volunteered in Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina. The parish, located just outside of New Orleans, was rendered 100% uninhabitable by Katrina's floodwaters. Seeing the inefficiency and unbearably slow progress of the institutional - or “traditional” rebuilding process, but inspired by the residents' collective spirit and fierce determination to rebuild, Zack and Liz launched SBP to help them achieve their recovery goals. With the tremendous support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, SBP has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a national organization, recognized as a leader in disaster resilience and recovery, whose mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery.
Rebuild homes for senior citizens, people with disabilities and families with children who cannot afford to have their homes rebuilt by contractors. The organization has currently rebuilt approximately 1,426 homes.
Create affordable homeownership opportunities for residents targeted between 50% and 80%, but up to 120%, of annual median income, while rehabilitating blighted properties and strengthening neighborhoods.
Diaster Recovery Lab$623k
Ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Through Disaster Recovery Lab, St. Bernard Project works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize St. Bernard Project's standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model for recovery.