Description

Urban Strategies is a nonprofit subsidiary of the national affordable housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS). Together, they rebuild urban communities with a range of amenities and comprehensive service supports. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Urban Strategies and MBS were selected by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city of New Orleans, to manage the redevelopment of an abandoned former public housing site in New Orleans into a new complex with 460 units of affordable mixedincome rental housing and 50 units of scattered-site housing for firsttime home owners. Brought together by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, TWG was selected to manage a campaign to secure the involvement of the private sector in this $200 million public/private partnership. TWG’s efforts were focused on cultivating private philanthropic engagement, developing the case for support; creating the rationale for the development of a charter school as an integral part of this new development; and strengthening the capacities of local nonprofits that were selected to deliver workforce development, youth development, and health and wellness services to the residents of the new community. The new complex, Harmony Oaks, was the largest housing development created in New Orleans in decades and is considered an outstanding success in terms of creating authentic community engagement and achieving racial and economic diversity among its tenants