Fans of the HBO series “Treme” might be interested to know that there’s an Episcopalian angle:
[Episcopal News Service] Close to five years post Hurricane Katrina there are still some 60,000 blighted homes on the property roll in New Orleans, approximately half of them belonging to homeowners displaced by the August 2005 hurricane.
Counted among the displaced are Silva and Anthony Blanchard, long-time residents of the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans who, with the help of Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana’s rebuild program and sweat equity of volunteers, are just a housing inspector’s OK away from moving back into their home.
But it almost didn’t happen. In mid-April, ECSLA launched a fund-raising campaign aimed at collecting $60,000, enough money to finish the eight homes remaining under construction in the rebuild program, said Nell Bolton, ECSLA’s executive director, in a telephone interview, adding that the organization has since raised more than $75,000.