- CNTV English - CCTV News

Project Homecoming helps residents to rebuild their homes

08-30-2010 08:57 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Meanwhile, an organization called Project Homecoming, is helping residents rebuild their homes. Nathan King looks at the situation in the ninth ward.

Vann Joines is on an uphill mission- five years tens of thousands of those who lost their homes here in New Orleans 's ninth ward have yet to come back, boarded up houses are the norm not the exception.

Vann Joines, Project Homecoming, said, "If you are looking at the greater city of New Orleans as a whole-There have been estimates that up to 55,000 or so houses remain blighted-There are over 200 families who are still living in Fema trailers on their properties. People in New Orleans are still in very desperate and dire situations."

But through project homecoming Joines is helping bring the residents back one by one.

Kim Ford is one such 9th Ward resident, through project homecoming her hose was rebuilt by an army of volunteers....she remembers the pain of five years ago and with her husband Mark the delight to be back home,in a fully refurbished houses.

Kim Ford, Nonth Ward Resident, said, "And when I saw the house I just kind of sat across the street on the curb and I cried for a while, Because it was just so bad....But the first time I just turned the corner and just saw all of these volunteers all over the house. They made me cry...I was just like wow I may have a chance of getting this house back after all."

Money promised 5 years age in the wake of Katrina has been slow to trickle down here. the US government State and city money are criticized often in this town, but armies of volunteers have stepped into the vacuum- but it is not enough.

Project homecoming also helped rebuild Wesley hall's house after contractors used up his life savings and left him in the lurch, while he's thankful he sees a once thriving neighborhood abandoned by his city government.

Wesley Hall, Ninth Ward Resident, said, "It looks like they ought to try and come and pick up the trash or something. They got all of this here They don't pick the tires up I don't know why."

Five years after Hurricane Katrina New Orleans has started coming back, but progress especially in the poorer areas is slow.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program