No Florida Avenue Freeway: Save Our Homes & Community Health

Fact Sheet

The “Florida Project” is a joint federal and state funded proposal to expand Florida Avenue and create a new freeway through the 8th and 9th Wards on Florida, for heavy trucks that are in transit from the St. Bernard Port.

Currently, there are problems associated with Florida Avenue in the Upper 9th Ward, such as the truck traffic that diverts from there down Pauline and damages the homes of senior citizens and long time residents of the area.

A further expansion of Florida Blvd will create an unnecessary freeway for heavy trucks to come through Orleans Parish to reach Elysian Fields and then gain access to the interstate.  The option to have the trucks take Paris Rd. in St Bernard is by far the cheaper and more expedient option for the trucks and state.  Frankly, imposing a freeway on African American communities is simply environmental racism.

Elected officials are telling residents that a new Florida Avenue Bridge is completely contingent on the whole Florida “freeway” project. This is not true, as funding for this bridge has to be a separate item.

A freeway through our community would create noise, congestion, pollution, and access points for heavy trucks to cut through the neighborhoods.  It is particularly mind-boggling that they would attempt to put this truck traffic onto Elysian Fields at I-610 where there is currently so much congestion and an existing danger from the current heavy traffic.

A Community Voice supports:

  1. A new Florida bridge
  2. Replacement of the Claiborne/Judge Seeber bridge
  3. An additional bike and pedestrian bridge at St. Claude
  4. All St. Bernard Parish truck traffic needs to stay in St. Bernard Parish, and use Paris Rd. to get to the interstate

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NOLA Housing & Community Fair April 23rd

Southern United Neighborhoods, in conjunction with our sister organization, A Community Voice is hosting a housing, jobs, health care and small business fair for residents interested in owning their own homes, fixing their own home, buying rental property and receiving information on needed social services. SUN’s program is certified through the Louisiana Homebuyers’ Collaborative and assists those who attend our First-Time Homebuyers’ Classes with obtaining bond money through the City. Our rehab program has repaired over 35 homes in partnership with the City of New Orleans Office of Community Development.

Our annual housing fairs:

*supports one to one credit counseling

*supports special programs for low income families including free housing rehab and annually connects over 1000 families to affordable housing programs

*provides annual grassroots outreach to over 300,000 families, with information about our programs and of our sponsoring organizations

*connects residents to area businesses

Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) will host the special Housing, Jobs, Healthcare, and Small Business Fair, Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans at 5401 S. Claiborne Avenue (at Jefferson Avenue).

This event will draw over 300 low to moderate income families who are interested in receiving information about affordable housing programs, available job opportunities, healthcare and social services available in their community.

As an organization and business that the community needs to know about and participate in, we would very much appreciate your sponsorship of the upcoming fair. Sponsorship of the fair includes: literature and a table at our event, listing as a sponsor in all publicity, including media, flyers, and other outreach vehicles to churches, schools and PSAs.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in participating in our fair. Feel free to call us at 800-239-7379 or email or if you have additional questions or would like to meet with us about our organization.

Letter for Fair & Form 

Flyer for the Fair 

Table at Housing and Community Fair



A Community Voice Rally with Electeds & Candidates to Re-Open Armstrong School & Stop Pre-Light and After Dark Busing of Students

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Children travel 6 and even more hours on the bus per day to get to and from school in neighborhoods far away from their homes. A Community Voice has been working with members of the Orleans Parish School Board to reopen Armstrong School in the Lower 9th Ward to accommodate the over 500-student wait list at MLK Elementary School in the Lower 9th Ward.

A Community Voice :

  • An end to bus stops waits with no shelters for children that start before light and end after dark, in blighted and crime ridden areas. 
  • That the City provide a school for the current and future 1300* families/residents, especially due to a consequence of high building activities from: *Perez (297 units), Make it Right (200), city/federal programs (100), other nonprofit actions (100), the consistent number of returning families (300), and the will of parents who were former residents of the lower 9 who wish their children to attend school in the lower 9th ward (300).
  • an end to the One-App forced busing of students that replaces slots at local schools with children from other areas, most who wish to attend school in their own areas.
  • the beginning of a “neighborhood children based” school devoted to the music and culture of the lower 9th ward, and Louis Armstrong.

Invited: Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Congressman Richmond, Mayor Landrieu, City Councilmembers At Large Jason Williams, Stacy Head and District E James Gray, School Board Members John Brown and Nolan Marshall, State Senator JP Morrell, State Reps Austin Badon, Jimmy Harris and Joe Bouie, as well as candidates for office in the Dem. Party election March, 2016.

Press Release Armstrong 1.30.16

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Petition to John Bel Edwards from A Community Voice

Return New Orleans Children to Schools in Their Neighborhood Governed by Our Elected Board

We, the citizens of the New Orleans community, applaud your election as our governor. We appreciate your stand for public education and acknowledge your support for HB 166, which would have returned successful schools to our Orleans Parish School Board. At the same time, the presence of Leslie Jacobs on the K-12 Education Committee reminds us of the past harms, the firing of thousands of teachers after Katrina, and the present harms that our community has suffered at the hands of market-based education reform. We believe the following changes will make our community whole:

  1. All our schools are returned to our elected school board.
  2. Children are able to attend neighborhood schools.
  3. Students are not forced to ride unmonitored buses from as early as 5:30 AM to as late as 6 PM.
  4. The millions of dollars currently diverted to bus companies are returned to our schools.

We look forward to supporting you as you use the remedies available to you to correct these injustices.

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Call A Community Voice at 800-239-7379 for petitions or email

If you would like to help on this campaign, please download the flyer and the petition below to pass out in your neighborhood, church or workplace.

Flyer for schools issue

John Bel Edwards Petition


Halloween Trick or Treating at the A Community Voice Housing, Jobs & Community Fair

A Community Voice is hosting a Housing, Community, & Job Fair for residents to get FREE information on:

  • Job Opportunities
  • Affordable Housing Programs
  • Available Loan and Grant Opportunities

Visit many of the vendor tables at the Fair for a safe trick or treating experience for families this Halloween.

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 12.39.22 PMAt the Fair,

  • A Community Voice will provide information on the Homebuyer Training Program and credit counseling to help residents qualify for bond money and down payment and closing cost assistance;
  • Louisiana Workforce will have information on available jobs and training programs;
  • First Federal Bank will be on hand to provide information on loan and banking opportunities;
  • City of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will have information on housing assistance, grants and rehab programs;

This fair is only held once a year so spread the word!  Flyer of Event!