August 27th, 2009
09:50 PM ET

New Orleans Habitat and the Musicians' Village

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Anderson is anchoring from New Orleans tonight where he is reporting on how the city is rebuilding four years after Hurricane Katrina.

Tonight we look into the work being done by New Orleans Habitat - an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity – which builds affordable homes in partnership with sponsors, families and volunteers.

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Habitat has built 242 homes in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes, and more than 46 homes are currently under construction.

One project under way is the creation of the Musicians Village - a site that will consist of more than 75 homes for musicians in the city who, because of Katrina, are in need of affordable housing. The project was conceived by Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis. Its centerpiece will be the Ellis Marsalais Center for Music, dedicated to the music education and development of homeowners.

Learn more about the Musicians Village and the work of New Orleans Habitat here.

Program Note: Four years after Katrina, what is New Orleans like now? Some residents continue to face challenges as the Big Easy keeps trying to rebuild. Take a look at In Depth: After the Storm. And to learn about ways you can make a difference, visit Impact Your World.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Susan W

    You have no idea what you really just posted do you? Any coastline of the US could be hit by a hurricane not just New Orleans. It is not a losing proposition.....have you visited recently or ever? Do you know what real history lives here in this city with the rich textures and mixes of people with french and spanish hertiage. We are one of the last jewels of the south and deserve to be saved as I am sure your city would had it ever faced a man made disaster like Katrina. The city didn't flood because of the force of the hurricane. The Corps of Engineers made the levees which failed to provide safety to the city. It was a man made disaster. The residents of New Orleans are proud of their city and their state.

    August 28, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  2. Terry, TX

    I agree with tommy2.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  3. doctorj2u

    You call that love? I was just reading these comments thinking how wonderful it was to not read all the negative posts we usually get from all those good Americans that don't have a clue. New Orleans is rebuilt due to the hard work of people that TRULY love the city. I am sorry you cannot be happy for us.

    August 28, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  4. Joseph Edgecombe, Boston

    In the effort to rebuild a major city and cultural Mecca from hurricane deviation and broken levees, and the experience of government breakdown or government dysfunction we have corralled numerous professional organizations and associations, community cause oriented groups, not-for–profit organizations, local and national leaders, talented artists, celebrities and the concerned public, volunteers and voluntary organizations, media journalist and interested traveling individuals who see the cause to contribute to concern the rebuilding efforts by whatever means possible, not to mention foundations and humanitarian organizations which also have a large impact in the rebuilding effort.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  5. Joseph Edgecombe

    I was there dec 2007, to do a doc., glad to see the impervements, still have a long way to go... keep on truckin everyone, and stay tuned for more,

    August 28, 2009 at 12:38 am |
  6. Annie Kate

    A musicians village – that is really cool. NOLA certainly has a large share of musicians and I'm sure would like to keep them. This help would go far in accomplishing that. I've been to NOLA one time to see my daughter when she lived there – this mountain girl had never seen the like – I knew it was different as we sat at our tables in the French Quarter having lunch and a man walked by with a cockatoo on each shoulder; beautiful birds but that is a sight you just don't see very much!!

    August 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  7. tommy2

    New Orleans is in a hole and will be blown away again. You can't stop the inevitable. Why would the USA pour money into such a losing proposition? I love New Orleans, too. But you have to face the facts.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  8. TK

    Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization. Everyone should at least, for once in their lifetime, take part in it. Thank you to all the people who volunteered and donated to Habitat for Humanity. This group has helped so many people here and abroad, there should be more coverage on what they do (at least on a monthly basis) to remind us all that by helping others, we are helping ourselves.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  9. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Hi Anderson. Wow, the French Quarter! Several years ago, long before Katrina and long before my Mother decided to cash in her bingo chips, my Mom's family, the Powers' side, had one of thier family reunions in the French Quarter. My Mom got to go but I did not. She could not stop talking about that for a very long time. She related to me, or at least tried, how very beautiful and exciting it was. I envied her that, I really did. But I'm really glad she got to have that experience. May the dear lady rest in peace. 'Nough said!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  10. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey anderson
    You are a really truthful journalist. Four years ago,you promised ,you will not forget the people of New Orleans,and bringing your live- show from there,it will be a big support for this people.
    Thank you,to remember this city and his citizen and their battle of survive.

    August 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm |