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  • 01/29/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter January 29, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Marquette University 

The wonderful volunteers from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin returned once again to volunteer with CSED. We've had the opportunity to welcome several groups from Marquette University over the years, and are always thankful for their hard work in our Lower 9th Ward community. 

Do you need volunteers? We can help!
CSED is looking for more Lower 9 residents who could use help from our awesome volunteers. In March, we'll welcome hundreds of spring break volunteers into our community. Let them give you a hand! 
To sign up, stop by our new office at 5227 Chartres St. or give us a call at 
CSED Lower 9 Resource Guide 
CSED is preparing the 4th edition of our Lower 9 Resource Guide. We encourage all Lower 9 business owners, churches and organizations to send us your updated information by the end of February 2016.  
If you'd like to submit information for the guide, please contact Beverly Jackson at 504 324-9955 or 504 756-1204. 
Tiny House Mixer with Make it Right

Great things come in small packages. Make it Right invites you to their Tiny House Open House, January 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 1732 Forstall.  At this special open house, you can tour the Lower 9's first Tiny House, previously featured on the TV show "Tiny House Nation". 
The house is one bedroom, one bath, 496 square feet, and it's priced at $100,000.
Grow your business at the Sankofa Fresh Market
Are you interested in selling your products at the Sankofa Fresh Stop Market? Are you developing your small business? Have you always wanted to start selling your food products? Apply to be a vendor at the Sankofa Fresh Stop Market. Preference will be given to applicants who live, work, or partner with groups in the Lower Ninth Ward area. Some products they are accepting include specialty organically grown produce, preserves, canned homegrown vegetables and fruits, yard eggs, artisan breads, flowers, and baked goods. For more information, contact Food Access Coordinator Grace Williams at grace@sankofanola.org.
Developer looking to build 'cohousing' community in Lower 9th Ward
A cluster of partially developed blocks in the Lower 9th Ward could become home to a development that uses shared space for activities such as meals, child care, gardening and recreation, in an effort to build a sense of community that backers say is all too lacking in traditional neighborhoods.
Lot Next Door 3.0 Program Relaunch

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is re-launching the Lot Next Door program to dispose of its remaining eligible Lot Next Door properties.

Interested and Eligible Lot Next Door Buyers MUST notify NORA of intent to purchase a Lot Next Door Property by completing an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FORM on NORA's websiteIf you have questions, please contact the Lot Next Door Program Office at 504-658-4422.
Gardening With Youth 101
The LSU AgCenter Horticulture staff invites parents, teachers and community members to a "Gardening with Youth" class Thursday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Community Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Learn about the easiest plants to grow with the least amount of maintenance and stress when working with youth in gardens. 
Attendees are welcome to bring youth with them as 4-H Youth Development Agents will be providing activities for kids during the class.

For additional information, or to register, please contact the office at (504)658-2900.
More police presence in your neighborhood
NOPD Chief Michael Harrison announced a new deployment strategy that will create a surge in neighborhood patrols by putting nearly 100 additional officers on New Orleans streets--that means increased police presence, reduced response times, and deterred crimes of opportunity in your community. The new plan also extends community policing responsibilities to all NOPD officers, who are trained to provide quality-of-life services to residents.
In This Issue
Now Hiring: Evacuteer

Evacuteer is looking for a qualified new full-time Program and Volunteer Manager. 
Property tax deadline extended
The City of New Orleans issued a reminder that Monday, February 1, 2016, is the payment deadline for 2016 property taxes. Residents are strongly encouraged to pay their property taxes online or by mail on or before Monday, Feb. 1 to avoid long lines at City Hall.
Teaching garden in Lower 9th Ward expands LSU AgCenter's outreach
On 26 formerly blighted lots in the Lower 9th Ward, a nonprofit community farm grows fresh food for those in need, and it recently teamed up with the LSU AgCenter to expand its outreach. 

Capstone, a nonprofit founded by David Young, grows vegetable gardens and fruit trees and keeps bees and goats in an area where access to fresh food is limited.

Free high tunnel production workshop
The LSU AG Center is hosting a series of free high tunnel production workshops, kicking off here in Lower 9. The workshop will take place Feb. 16, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Sanchez Multipurpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave. 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens



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