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2017 Accomplishments With Board President Gizelle Johnson-Banks

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Over the past year, the Finance Authority of New Orleans, board and staff under the leadership of our Executive Director Damon Burns, has worked conscientiously to REBRANDREVITALIZE and REINVENTitself in 2017. The work has been consistent and at times difficult and has taken the dedication of the entire team in bringing forth the following highlights and accomplishments:

REBRANDING – FANO has launched a successful rebranding campaign that has included a new logo, bold new colors an updated mission to improve the quality of life in the city of New Orleans by directly investing in the creation of affordable housing and economic development projects that produce quality jobs and wealth for residents. The rebranding campaign included a launch at the New Orleans Jazz Market that drew New Orleans citizens, City leaders, realtors, lenders, developers and many of our partners in the housing arena.

REVITALIZATION – FANO has revitalized its Partnerships with the City of New Orleans, Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), and a number of diverse organizations, neighborhoods and agencies across the city including, The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNHOA), Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), Neighborhood Development Foundation (NDF) and many others.

REINVENTION – In 2017 FANO has reinvented its signature homebuyer program, rebranded, “Own New Orleans”, that allows homebuyers to acquire downpayment assistance on 1 or 2 unit, single family homes. We are also developing new initiatives with our partners and the City’s Office of Resilience, while we continue to reinvent our longstanding programs to ensure that our mission is fully realized.

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