The Housing Authority of New Orleans announced this week it is in the process of purchasing the former Israel Augustine Middle School on Broad Street, and will convert the massive pink building into a career development and training center for low-income youth, most of who live in public housing. The deal with the Orleans Parish School Board is expected to be completed in the coming months.
Urban Strategies will manage the program which, in addition to job training in a variety of fields, will offer services such as mentoring, job coaching and placement, social and psychological support, substance abuse counseling, transportation and child care.
HANO will initially provide the bulk of the funding for the project which should attract additional investors, said HANO’s administrative receiver David Gilmore. If successful, the project should benefit the entire city.