LOUISIANA APPLESEED'S ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM UNLOCKS AND SECURES ACCESS TO WEALTH BUILDING STRATEGIES IN LOW INCOME AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.
Louisiana Appleseed's Access to Opportunity Program grew out of the need for "disaster law" expertise. Too often, the need for financial security through homeownership has become the fulcrum to economically surviving disasters. Following major hurricanes and flooding, Louisiana Appleseed and its volunteers enabled a quicker, easier, and less expensive way to clear title for homeowners, resulting in over $1 BM in economic benefits in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas alone. Homeownership was an anchor in disaster law, but access to economic opportunity is more expansive than homeownership. The program now proactively looks for methods by which low income residents and communities of color can secure wealth without the pressure of disaster recovery and homeownership. Through our inception in disaster law and our growth in homeownership preservation, Louisiana Appleseed's model for opportunity is an economy that works for everyone through equitable solution-building.
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, Alabama Appleseed, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Catholic Charities, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge, Entergy Charitable Foundation, First American Title, Ford Foundation, Georgia Appleseed, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Hispanic Apostolate, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Louisiana Association of Volunteers Active After Disasters, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Budget Project, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana Language Access Coalition, Louisiana State Bar Association, Loyola Law School Clinic, LSU Law Center, Ourso Foundation, Pro Bono Project, Propeller Nola, Puentes New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Alliance for Economic Inclusion, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation, South Carolina Appleseed, Southern University Law Center, Stanley Ray Trust, Texas Appleseed, Unitarian
PROJECTS IN OPPORTUNITY
MR. & MRS. THEO WATSON
Louisiana Appleseed worked with legislators to streamline the title transfer process for hundreds of Louisiana residents. The Watsons are just one of many families who were able to secure ownership and gain clear title to a family home.