Jerusalem Economic Development Corp (JEDC)

Jerusalem Economic Development Corporation (JEDC), the Housing Division Ministry of the First Pilgrims Baptist Church, is a faith-based ministry that helps individuals and families rebuild their lives by offering affordable, energy efficient housing. We are building low maintenance residential homes with 1-4 Bedrooms and Doubles that are Energy Efficient and Green Certified in the Faubourg St Roch, Gentilly, New Orleans East and Ninth Ward communities. These homes are 150 Miles Wind Rated, allergy and termite free healthy homes that will reduce energy bills, homeowners and flood insurance premiums. We are also building on home owner’s lots.

Our Communities:  All of the selected communities offer Home Improvement Associations, access to transportation, schools, parks, churches, convenience stores, drug stores, medical offices, and other unique neighborhood characteristics. Faubourg St Roch, one of the oldest neighborhoods, offers historical landmarks such as the St Roch Market, the Healing Center, and many art and musical venues. The Dillard, Milneburg, Pontchartrain Park, Gentilly Woods and Gentilly Terrace neighborhoods are adjacent to Dillard University, Southern University of New Orleans and nearby University of New Orleans. Pontchartrain Park has a gulf course that has just been renovated. The New Orleans East suburban neighborhoods have Joe Brown Park, gated communities, and the look of suburbia with a mix of Ranch styled homes, cottages and executive styled homes. The Lower Ninth Ward has a mix of cottages and new development and is undergoing tremendous reconstruction as hundreds of homes are being rebuilt. All of the neighborhoods are sustainable communities.      


Johnell M. Colbert


Under Construction


Number of Homes Available: 15

Number of Homes Under Construction: 3

Sizes Available:  

1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes & doubles

Prices: Homes are priced from $99,000.


The City of New Orleans Soft Second Mortgage Program which provides resources to help make homeownership more affordable is available for eligible applicants.

Income Restrictions:  

50% AMI to 120% AMI for first time homebuyers

Counseling Agency Partner:  

Money Management International

Home features: 30 Yrs shingles roof, granite countertops, wood cabinets, covered porches and steps, vaulted ceilings, ENERGY STAR appliances and A/C, high efficiency heat pump, dimmers for lights, washer dryer hookups, phone and cable outlets, choice of siding, brick, stucco, Hardi Plank or combination exterior.

Green features:  JEDC uses sustainable and renewal energy building materials including green Certified Carpet laminate and ceramic tiled flooring; allergy and termite free construction and 150 mile per hour wind rated metal construction walls and roves.  Solar roof panels and LEED certification is available upon request.