Out of tragedy and the devastation following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a powerful idea was born: to create a new community-based organization that would help the Lower Ninth Ward recover and rebuild sustainably. To engage with returning residents. To attract vital resources while partnering with like-minded people and groups. And to help revitalize the Lower 9 while respecting its culture and traditions – working in solidarity with residents to meet their needs and concerns.
Steps toward realizing that vision – while overcoming the difficult challenges ahead – led to formation of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED). In the six years since then, our History and Accomplishments reflect many grassroots efforts to create a safer, more resilient community. Our Strategic Initiatives remain focused on three key program areas: Food Security, Natural Environment and Built Environment. Making all this happen depends on the energies and unwavering support of our Staff, Board, Funders and Partners.
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