Habitat, Hoteliers Develop Housing Partnership

January 25 2008 | Latest News
NEW ORLEANS — The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will partner to assist hotel and hospitality employees and their families in need of housing.

Fred Sawyers, GNOHLA president and general manager of the Hilton Riverside, said no industry has felt the housing shortages more than hospitality.

"Hoteliers in New Orleans know their employees are their success," Sawyers said. "Their housing needs are paramount in our mind. We are committed to them and to rebuilding and growing the city's economy. The association sees this as a long-term and a hands-on initiative that will benefit the hospitality industry and our community."

The announcement was made at the building site of a home on N. Derbigny Street in the Ninth Ward. GNOHLA-Habitat Partner Family member Cathy Hankton, an Omni Royal Orleans Hotel employee, was present to express her gratitude and speak about her experiences.

On behalf of the Hilton Family Hotels, the Brees Dream Foundation is donating $12,000 for housing construction costs.

The association has pledged to volunteer 40,000 building hours and raise $300,000 to be dedicated to housing, building and construction costs.

GNOHLA has coordinated an online fundraising link at www.habitat-nola.org/projects/gnohla.php.•

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