Concordia, in partnership with local experts, served as project lead in the development of the Plaquemines Parish Preliminary Housing Development Plan. Located south of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and coastal wetlands, and was severely impacted by both Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Working with parish representatives to incorporate the feedback of impacted residents, the United Way of the Greater New Orleans investigated the possibility of utilizing CDBG funding to promote new housing development for low to moderate income homebuyers.
Concordia developed a housing assessment report that assessed the feasibility of the project, using both quantitative data and qualitative feedback, including surveys and community meetings, to evaluate the state of housing in the parish. Resident comments, market demand, site selection, site suitability, and financing structures were all analyzed.