Do you remember what it was like after the flood? No neighbors, no information, precious little government – and we all desperately needed them. We came together and made a way to share information, work with other neighborhoods and focus government on action. Together, we built NPN.
NPN’s Neighborhood Liaisons helped coordinate UNOP. Nearly all of New Orleans’ 73 officially recognized neighborhoods came to NPN’s Wednesday Forums. The Wednesday Forums developed into Capacity College which to-date has provided more than 350 residents with leadership and organizing skills. Capacity College’s quarterly forums make complex city-wide issues clear and actionable.
NPN helped residents establish formal organizations for their neighborhoods like Harmony Oaks, the first public housing residents’ council in the nation. NPN was active in New Orleans’ first-ever Neighborhood Summit, and in creating the City’s Neighborhood Engagement Office. NPN continues working with City Hall and partner organizations to support the City’s neighborhood participation program.
NPN decoded the City’s 2013 Budget and 2014 Budget planning process, increasing neighborhood access to this most critical of civic processes. NPN’s Parents First initiative connects parents from across the city to address the needs of young children in our neighborhoods.
NPN’s mission is to improve the quality of life by engaging New Orleanians in neighborhood revitalization and civic processes. NPN is now a non-profit provider of outreach services and capacity assistance, creating pathways for neighborhood participation in government decisions that affect of us.
This is our Network. Let’s celebrate what we built, and protect our investment in civic democracy for New Orleans. Support the NPN Annual Fund.