Preservation Resource Center’s Operation Comeback

The Preservation Resource Center’s Operation Comeback promotes the purchase, renovation and sale of vacant, historic properties.  The program was started in 1987 as a focused effort to revitalize the Lower Garden District then expanded citywide to fight blight.  By acquiring and renovating properties most would consider hopeless, Operation Comeback serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

Our Community:  New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods range from the earliest years of the city’s history to its recent past. Within this spectrum her old neighborhoods were influenced by French, Spanish, and Caribbean tastes, by Anglo-Americans and in the 20th century, by water pump technology as it advanced and swampy land was drained. These neighborhoods today reflect the dynamic mix of the cultures that created them.

The Holy Cross neighborhood sits on high ground near the river that was once part of several riverfront plantations. In the 19th century, German and Irish immigrants and African-Americans settled the area in sufficient numbers to call for the establishment of Catholic St. Maurice Parish. By 1900 what is now the Holy Cross neighborhood featured a number of small farms that provided produce, poultry and dairy products to New Orleans markets.  When the Industrial Canal (also known as the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal) was completed in 1923 a new term, the “Lower Ninth Ward”, was established for the district downriver of the Canal.  Since it suffered devestating floods in Hurricane Katrina the neighborhood has returned to 50% occupancy by some measures, successfully battled the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to widen the Canal, and is the only New Orleans neighborhood to have adopted a sustainable plan for recovery.

Tremé neighborhood retains the feel of an old, Creole New Orleans neighborhood, and immigrants as well as free people of color were its first occupants in the 18th century.  Refugees from San Domingue (now Haiti), both black and white, flooded into the city between 1790 and 1810, and Tremé emerged as a center of African-American power in the mid-19th century when Rodolphe Desdunes, Thomy Lafon, and other free blacks who organized opposition to slavery and restrictive race laws lived in the neighborhood. Tremé was formally established as a neighborhood in 1810 when the city purchased the 40-acred development from Claude Tremé and formally annexed it in 1812.


Maryann Miller

(504) 636-3046


Number of Homes Available: 8

Number of Homes Under Construction: 3

Sizes Available:  

2 to 3 bedrooms

Prices: Homes are priced from $99,000 to $164,500.


Applicants may be eligible and wish to apply for the City of New Orleans Soft Second Mortgage Program which could provide additional resources to help make the home more affordable.

Income Restrictions:  

Up to 80% AMI

Counseling Agency Partner:  

A Shared Initiative, Inc.

Home features: Restored original historic details in old homes, such as wood floors, fireplace mantels, high ceilings, chimneys, solid wood doors, and in some cases plaster walls and/or ceiling medallions.