Terraces on Tulane, a newly constructed senior housing community in New Orleans, Louisiana, is celebrating its re-opening after the former facility was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Terraces on Tulane replaces Forest Towers, badly damaged by Katrina, and is a 200-unit community for low-income seniors and is operated by Volunteers of America (VOA). The $43 million complex features state of the art security and facilities that provide a comprehensive level of care and it also incorporates all of the latest building safeguards that were implemented after Katrina that will protect the facility in the event of another hurricane of the same magnitude as Katrina.
Many of the 187 residents living there when Hurricane Katrina hit had lived in the building for more than 10 years. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Volunteers of America successfully evacuated every resident of Forest Towers East. The residents were scattered all over the country. But what wasn’t lost in the storm was a desire to reestablish the community at Forest Towers East and return home.
The Terraces is part of Volunteers of America’s commitment to create more than 1,000 units of affordable rental housing in New Orleans where VOA has had a presence since 1896.