New Orleans to build 'resilience district'

Published: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:58

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Juli├ín Castro and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced the winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  The city of New Orleans won a $141 million grant to create a ‘resilience district.’

The city's project was selected after a 16-month National Disaster Resilience Competition held by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which asked cities and states to pitch projects aimed at creating resilient housing and infrastructure.

The New Orleans award will be used for several integrated initiatives that include coastal restoration, workforce development, and creating parks and green streets that will turn the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans into a "national model for retrofitting post-war suburban neighborhoods into resilient safe and equitable communities of opportunity," the city said in a statement.

Contest judges considered 67 applicants before awarding grants to 13 cities and states.

Source: RES/CON 2016