St. Bernard Project

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SBP (formerly The St. Bernard Project[citation needed]) is a non-profit organization established in March 2006[1] to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina within St. Bernard Parish, Southeast Louisiana, US.[2] It was founded by Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg. As of December 2016 SBP had rebuilt over 1,000 homes nationwide, including 600 in New Orleans. As of 2011 SBP worked in Baton Rouge, Joplin, MO, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Columbia, SC, and West Virginia.[3]

Founding Date: March 2006

Type: 501(c)3 non-profit rebuilding organization

Headquarters: New Orleans


SBP's stated mission is to shrink the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner.[1]


The St. Bernard Project focuses on rebuilding the homes of disaster survivors in Baton Rouge, Joplin, MO, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, South Carolina, and West Virginia. To do this, the project uses an "Under One Roof" model, incorporating the many facets of a volunteer-based rebuilding program into one entity. The project recruits and trains volunteers, provides skilled site managers, provides health services, and coordinates fundraising. The project has three distinct programs, all of which target the specific needs of different groups in the community.


The Rebuilding Program is a volunteer-driven program that evaluates the need of homeowners and then either supplies skilled labor to help them rebuild their homes, or, if the homeowner cannot afford them on their own, provides building materials paid for by donations. The Rebuilding Program can rebuild a home in 12 weeks, for around US$75,000.[4]

Opportunity Housing Program[edit]

The Affordable Rental/First Time Homeowners Program aims to provide housing options to senior and disabled residents of St. Bernard Project who face 50% increases in rental rates since hurricane Katrina.[5]

Veteran's Initiative[edit]

SBP's veterans programs are focused on addressing three problems: high unemployment rate among men and women who have served in the US armed forces; affordable housing crisis; and high instance of blighted and vacant properties in the New Orleans area. By hiring and training veterans in residential construction and paying them fair and livable wages and benefits, SBP can both increase its workforce to rebuild homes, and improve blighted and vacant properties and neighborhoods.

The Good Work Good Pay Program utilizes a trained workforce to build or rebuild affordable homes and to stabilize blighted, vacant, and disaster-impacted communities. These employees primarily complete electric, plumbing and carpentry work for the Rebuilding Program and Opportunity Housing Program, thereby minimizing SBP's need for subcontractors, speeding and reducing the cost of projects.[6]


  • On November 27, 2008, Liz McCartney and the St. Bernard Project were recognized for its efforts in a ceremony by CNN, titled CNN Heroes, by carrying home the Hero of the year award.
  • On January 5, 2009 McCartney and Rosenburg were named Gambit's New Orleanians of the Year 2008.
  • On May 3, 2008, Senator Mary Landrieu presented McCartney and Rosenburg with the Heroes of the Storm Award.
  • McCartney and Rosenburg received the Manhattan Institute, Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2008.
  • In 2007 McCartney and Rosenburg were included in Gambit's 40 under 40 list of successful young New Orleanians.

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