Am I Ready to Buy?

Own the Crescent knows that buying a home is one of the biggest investments that you will ever make in your life and so we encourage everyone to learn more about the process as soon as possible.  If you are just starting to look for a house or if you are getting ready to close on your mortgage with the bank, the Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative has information, resources, training and counseling available that will help you make the best possible decision.

The Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative holds member organizations accountable to a high standard of quality service.  All offer approved 12-hour homebuyer education classes.

Many counseling agencies are able to offer home purchase subsidies to income eligible families.  The amount and type of subsidy offered will differ from agency to agency but are commonly structured in the form closing cost or down payment assistance.  The Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative is also working closely with the City of New Orleans to provide access to its soft-second mortgage product.  For more information, visit

Louisiana Homebuyer Education Collaborative


3401 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
(504) 733-1733 Ext 79206 Phone
(504) 940-5553 Phone
Contact: Ashley Aubrey:

Family Resources of New Orleans

817 N. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 822-8519 Phone
Contact: Loretta McCraney:

Integrity Homebuyers Association, Inc.

PO Box 518
Gonzales, Louisiana 70707
(225) 644-5873 Phone
Director: Patrena Ester:

Jefferson Community Action Program

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Ste. 402
Jefferson, Louisiana 70123
(504) 736-6900 Phone
Contact: Bianka Cornish:

Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association

1120 Lamanche St.
PO Box 771039
New Orleans, Louisiana 70177-1039
(504) 373-6483 Phone
(866) 450-6681
Contact: Cynthia Ketchens:

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, Inc.

4700 Freret Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 899-5900 Phone
Contact: Donna Darensbourg:

New Orleans Neighborhood Development Foundation

1429 S. Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(504) 488-0155 Phone
Director/Contact: Fred Johnson

Preservation Resource Center

923 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 636-3046 Phone
Contact: Maryann Miller:

Puentes New Orleans (en espanol)

1050 South Jefferson Davis Pkwy.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
(504) 821-7228 Phone
Contact: Rena Croft (504) 310-6922

Sulli Educational Services, Inc. (English y espanol)

4224 Florida Avenue, Suite 7
Kenner, Louisiana 70065
(504) 464-6224 Phone
Contact: Stephanie Brouillette: