Healthy Tremé Housing Research

Small Center worked with Greater Tremé Consortium and its Executive Director Cheryl Austin to identify health-related issues facing the community, including affordable housing, access to parks, and neighborhood stability.

Project Dates

January 2017–July 2017

Context

Increasingly, health concerns are being investigated in tandem with myriad other factors including access to job centers, transit, parks, and more, in addition to traditional health resources such as hospitals, clinics, and employer health care. This project combined resident input gathered via door-to-door surveying with mapping data to provide an overall picture of health in the Tremé neighborhood.  Faced with top-down resource allocation regarding parks and housing redevelopment, and concerns about cultural preservation tied to inaffordability, neighborhood leaders must be armed with data and clear priorities to convey their needs to municipal decision-makers and potential funders.

Small Center Engagement

Small Center worked with Greater Tremé Consortium and its Executive Director Cheryl Austin to identify health-related issues facing the community, including affordable housing, access to parks, and neighborhood stability. The project sought to define holistic redevelopment strategies and identify regulatory changes that could provide greater access to health-related amenities.

Graduate research students, summer fellows, and Small Center staff used physical mapping, regulatory research, and neighborhood surveys to educate and learn alongside residents in preparation for engagement with the City. The project revealed opportunities for context-appropriate development, including increased density near transit and better access to public amenities such as parks and schools. The resulting playbook serves neighborhood leaders as they advocate for change, and will serve as a model for neighborhood analysis applicable across New Orleans and beyond.

 

Partner Organization

The Greater Tremé Consortium, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing services, support for small business development, and resources for the preservation of indigenous culture and the traditions of the historic Tremé community.

Outcome

The resulting Healthy Treme and Affordable Treme reports assess current conditions and resident opinions, and act as a tool in advocating for improved access to and use of parks, and to identify specific locations where infill construction could provide opportunities for affordable housing. The resulting documents serve community leaders by combining input from residents with analytical mapping, and provides a structure for neighborhood residents and leaders to advocate for regulatory change.

Collaborators

Greater Tremé Consortium, Inc.

  • Cheryl Austin

Groundwork New Orleans

  • Alicia Neal

Team Members

Project Leads

  • Nick Jenisch (Design Lead)
  • Sue Mobley (Engagement Advisor)

Students

  • Ana Sandoval Aguilar
  • Kekeli Dawes
  • Kelsey Willis
  • Carolyn Isaacson
  • Monica Marrero Ciuro
  • Chesley McCarty
  • Christie Melgar
  • Parth Sangolli
  • Ryan Shaaban
  • Evan Wagner

Staff

  • Shoshana Gordon
  • Maggie Hansen
  • Donn Peabody
  • Emilie Taylor Welty

Support

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Tulane University Partnership for Healthcare Innovation

Special Thanks

  • Alex Miller
  • Andreanecia Morris