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01/26/16
My Katrina Decade by William Monaghan

Ten years ago I was wading toward my flooded childhood home in New Orleans when my 86-year-old mother, Eleanor Monaghan, reached me by phone to tell me she had made it to safety. A non-swimmer in a deluge, a meticulous dresser in polluted water, a proud housekeeper alone in a ruined home, she coped with [...] More…

08/10/15
Saving Mom by William Monaghan

Build Now Co-Founder William Monaghan shares his personal account of the days following Hurricane Katrina and his efforts to rescue his strong-willed and fearless mother, Eleanor Monaghan, as she tried to evacuate and escape the rising waters inundating her New Orleans home. More…

07/26/15
Road Home Announces Unmet Needs Program

State and federal authorities announced major changes to the $9.7 billion Road Home program that could help thousands of still-displaced homeowners return to southeast Louisiana and provide relief to many more who are back in their houses but face legal action for failing to comply with the grant program’s original rules. More…

03/04/13
NORA to auction 130+ properties

On March 23, NORA will auction over 130+properties located throughout Lakeview, New Orleans East, Holy Cross, Gentilly, the 7th Ward, St. Roch and Uptown starting at 11 AM. For a complete list of the available properties, click here. More…

02/25/13
Energy Smart program offers $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to your home

Energy Smart has launched a new program offering up to $5,000 in cash incentives for energy efficiency upgrades to your home. Contact a participating contractor from their website and get the cash you need to get your house ready for summer! For more info, click here. More…

12/20/12
Build Now Named Developer in City of New Orleans Homeownership Program

The City of New Orleans has named Build Now as a developer in its latest program to promote home ownership and eradicate blight in our great city. More…

12/19/12
Score FREE Tickets to 2013 Super Bowl

The 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee is encouraging all football fans to take the Geaux Green challenge by pledging to make simple changes to conserve energy and save the environment.  Fans will also compete for bragging rights as the greenest fans in the league.  It’s easy, it’s free and one lucky fan will win [...] More…

10/19/12
Build Now Constructs Haunted House

It’s the world’s most (gasp) energy INEFFICIENT house and it’s being constructed by the ghouls and gals at Build Now. Stop by the house to find out what NOT to do when constructing a home – we’ll have plenty of examples for you! It’s the official start of the Halloween season and there’s nothing more frightening than an extreme Entergy bill!
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09/17/12
Newer Homes Fared Better in Hurricane Isaac

Newer homes sustained less damage in Hurricane Isaac due to building code updates, new FEMA building benchmarks, and other lessons learned from Katrina. More…

09/04/12
How to Apply for Financial Assistance After Hurricane Isaac

Financial aid is now available through FEMA for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained uninsured or underinsured damage. More…

09/03/12
Returning Home After a Hurricane

Returning home after a hurricane is both mentally and physically exhausting. In the rush to return to our daily routine and move on with our lives, it is easy to forget simple safety measures that should be taken before entering your home. More…