‘Pride Prom’ May 11 celebrates LGBT youth

Bounce royalty Big Freedia will headline a free Pride Prom for LGBT teens and young adults at Hyatt Regency’s Celestin Ballroom May 11. The prom, organizer Marc Behar says, is designed as a safe, fun and alcohol-free party for LGBT youth ages 15-21. Such events can help resolve issues such as restrictive dress codes or not being able to bring a date of one’s preferred gender to a high school prom. Teens from both public and private area schools are encouraged to attend. This prom is the first major event of its kind held in several years in the New Orleans area. In addition to performances by Big Freedia and DJ Brice Nice, it includes a prom royalty “Strut-Off,” in which teens walk the catwalk for a juried costume contest to win non-gender-specific crowns. There also are complimentary professional prom photos and free food and drinks. While adults over age 21 may not attend the event, chaperones from sponsoring groups HyPride, Jewish Pride NOLA, PFLAG New Orleans and CrescentCare plus Hyatt security staff will provide supervision.The prom takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 11. There’s no charge to attend, but participants should register online.

Designated attire is “whatever makes you feel fabulous.”

Source: bestofneworleans.com

New Orleans Restaurants

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14 Parishes (504) 605-4453 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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14 Parishes

1638 Clio St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 605-4453
14parishes.com
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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: CBD
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
Apolline (504) 894-8881 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Apolline

4729 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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(504) 894-8881
apollinerestaurant.com
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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
Located on Magazine St. in beautiful Uptown New Orleans, Chef Farmer’s cuisine features local ingredients and global flavors experienced around the world.
Averys Po-Boy’s (504) 821-4110 Donating 25% Lunch

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Averys Po-Boy’s

2510 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

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(504) 821-4110
averysontulane.com

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  • Region: Mid-City
  • Meals served: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun, Creole
A great local place for lunch – open until 6:00 p.m. Friendly service and great food.
Banana Blossom (504) 392-7530 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Banana Blossom

2112 Belle Chasse Hwy
Gretna, LA 70056

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(504) 392-7530
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  • Region: West Bank
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Thai
Bright & casual eatery dishing a wide menu of curries, rice dishes, noodles & other Thai favorites.
Between the Bread (504) 324-5304 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch

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Between the Bread

625 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 324-5304
betweenthebreadnola.com

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  • Region: CBD
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Cuisine: Deli

Between the Breadis the Central Business District’s newest Deli offering a mouth-watering variety of breakfast and lunch fare. Located across from Lafayette Square in the CBD, between the bread offering free delivery to most of the CBD and Warehouse/Arts Districts.

Bistro Orleans (504) 304-1469 Donating Flat Fee Lunch, Dinner

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Bistro Orleans

3216 W. Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70002

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(504) 304-1469
bistroorleansmetairie.com

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  • Region: Metairie
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cajun, Creole, Seafood
Chef Archie Saurage, born & raised in New Orleans & specializes in classic and casual dining offering all fresh ingredients to his soups and sauces. They are all fresh and homemade. Serving Louisiana gulf seafood, local Des Almonds wild caught catfish & unique Italian dishes with the perfect kick. You must see oyster bar with raw & char-broiled oysters. Our restaurant has a New Orleans historical and jazz atmosphere as well as a private room for parties or special events. Visit our lounge area & carnival time lounge.
Cafe Amelie (504) 412-8965 Donating 20% Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

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Cafe Amelie

912 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 412-8965
cafeamelie.com



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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
  • Cuisine: Creole
Founded in 2005, Café Amelie was named for Amelie Miltonberger, the Mother of the first American Princess of Monaco, Princess Alice, who lived in an accompanying townhouse in the mid-1800s. Café Amelie is known for having one of the most beautiful and romantic courtyards in the Quarter, where patrons can more dine “alfresco” or inside the lovely air-conditioned dining rooms within the historic Carriage House. Café Amelie has a full bar offering and array of signature cocktail creations. Café Amelie and the accompanying Princess of Monaco Courtyard are also available for private parties, weddings and receptions. When making your online reservation, please let us know if your preference is for either courtyard (outdoor) or carriage house (indoor) dining. If you need help with special arrangements (flowers, photographers, transportation, etc), please contact us directly by telephone. We want to help make your celebration special!
Cafe at the Square (504) 304-7831 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch

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Cafe at the Square

500 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 304-7831
cafeatthesquare.com

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  • Region: CBD
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

About UsCafe’ At The Square is the brain child of Doug Hary and David Smith and compliments their Between the Bread location just down the street at 625 St. Charles Avenue. Located in the heart of the CBD at Lafayette Square and inside the Parc St. Charles Hotel, the Cafe’ At The Square offers casual breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch offerings.

Cafe’ At The Square offers evening caterings on site and is available for lunch and breakfast buy outs for events and catering. We offer full service catering, drop off catering, delivery with minimum order, and pick up.

Comfort food is the center of the menu with daily specials featuring fresh fish, hearty salads, homemade soups, and a pasta of the day, not to mention homemade desserts that change with the seasons – and when craving a burger, try our half pound all angus beef burger that is never frozen, fresh made sandwiches featuring a vegetarian friendly grilled eggplant and fresh mozzarella, and grilled chicken with fresh spinach, queso fresco, and chimichirri. Cafe’ At The Square offers all forms of catering – call and let us cater your next event – small or large, on site or off site, full service or just a drop off.

We also offer a full bar, New Orleans French roast coffee, and weekend brunch featuring freshly made omelets, house made granola with fruit and yogurt, steel cut Irish oatmeal with peach compote, crawfish and andouille benedict, brioche French toast, and fried green tomatoes.

David is also a partner with Jarred Zeringue at the top Zagat rated EAT New Orleans in the French Quarter at the corner of Dumaine and Dauphine. David, Doug and Jared are partners in Vacherie, locate in the Ste. Marie Hotel, 827 Toulouse Street, (Corner of Dauphine) in the French Quarter

Cafe Conti (504) 636-1060 Donating 25% Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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Cafe Conti

830 Conti Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

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(504) 636-1060
cfeconti.com
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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
  • Cuisine: American, French Bistro
Frech Style Coffee Shoppe
Cafe Dauphine (504) 309-6391 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Cafe Dauphine

5229 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

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(504) 309-6391
cafedauphinenola.com


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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Holy Cross/Lower 9th Ward
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cajun, Creole

The VisionLower Ninth Ward Natives Contribute to Areas Revitalization

The idea was conceived four years ago by siblings, Fred and Keisha Henry, and Tia, the wife of Fred. After enduring an abundance of hurdles and road blocks, on June 30th the trio will finally open the doors of Café Dauphine to the public. In an area still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the café will be a “breath of fresh air.” This business will give Lower Ninth Ward/Holy Cross residents a dining option within their own community, a luxury definitely lacking in the area. The restaurant will aid in stimulating the area’s economy by offering jobs, thus fostering community pride and resilience.

Since the building’s structure is located in a National Historic District, little change was made to the exterior in an effort to maintain its historical character. However, the exterior was modernized with the application of stucco and the addition of six large windows which reveal panoramic views of old New Orleans architecture of surrounding homes. The inside, on the other hand, was totally remodeled and modernized featuring an open kitchen, intricate wood work, and custom built tables (all the craftsmanship of owner Fred Henry, Jr., whom also served as general contractor of the project).

The menu features Southern cuisine while the atmosphere vibes a casual chic ambiance. Some of the menu items include fried seafood fresh from the Gulf, salads served in crispy tortilla bowls, charbroiled burger, steaks, and Bar-B-Que ribs. Keisha and Tia have added their own signature dishes to the menu which include a Cajun-Asian fusion egg roll named the “Lizardi Roll” and the “Deep Fried Bell Pepper” which is stuffed with lump crabmeat and shrimp. The café also offers healthier alternatives like charbroiled chicken breast, grilled fish and grilled shrimp served with fresh steamed vegetables and salad. All fried foods are prepared in Trans Fat Free cooking oil.

“Our goal is to provide you with the same quality food, superior hospitality, and unique atmosphere that you’d expect to find in the more infamous locales of New Orleans notarized for their outstanding Southern cuisine and culturally rich surroundings. Even more important, we’re proud to offer great food prepared with love and passion!”

 

Cafe Degas (504) 945-5635 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Cafe Degas

3127 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

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(504) 945-5635
cafedegas.com



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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Esplanade Ridge, Mid-City
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: French, French Bistro

Café Degas was named after the 19th century French Impressionist, Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas, who in 1872 visited New Orleans and stayed for a short time down the street at 2306 Esplanade Ave.French artist and restaurateur, Jacques Soulas, came to New Orleans in 1980, and with his friend Jerry Edgar decided to build a restaurant that would be reminiscent of his homeland, and where diners could experience French Bistro atmosphere (with a New Orleans touch), good food and an inspired Wine List.

They chose the current location for old historic charm, the area’s artful and picturesque appeal, and because the available space was just right for the effect they were trying to create.

Space is indeed tight in this small café, and we use the lack of space as an asset. How, you wonder? Well, since there isn’t enough space for storage, everything is bought fresh every morning.

Through the years Café Degas has become a standard for quality of food and service, as we continuously try to perfect the art of enticing the palate with our deliciously prepared daily specials and wine selection.

We hope to see you in person soon.

Bon Appetit !!!

Cafe Minh (504) 482-6266 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Cafe Minh

4139 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

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(504) 482-6266
cafeminh.com


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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Mid-City
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
A Saigon – French Vietmanese Bistro
Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop (504) 835-2022 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

2309 N. Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70001

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(504) 835-2022
gumbostop.com


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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: Metairie
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cajun, Creole

Ronald Iafrate grew up in New England as the youngest son of a second generation Italian family. He learned his love for cooking at home and combined it with the diverse culinary traditions of the northeast where he developed his particular style of comfort foods.He graduated from Johnson and Wales College in Culinary Arts and has received further certifications in Nutrition, Management, and Sanitation. He sat on the board at the Louisiana Technical College and has participated in cooking demonstrations and culinary tours.

His first break in the business came when he worked under the renowned chef Fred Faria who introduced him to delights of Cajun cooking and music in Acadia, Rhode Island. His industry experience has involved both restaurants and chain hospitality operations throughout Florida and Massachusetts. He has compiled an extensive repertoire of recipes in haute cuisine, working at the Doubletree as Executive Chef, Executive Sous Chef, and Task Force Chef.

Besides winning an award for his outstanding gumbo, Chef Ron, received a prestigious award of 2010 Chef of the year, which was nominated and voted on by his peers at the American Culinary Federation.

In early 2012, Chef Ron realized his lifelong dream and opened Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop & Pub, combining down home cooking with regional and ethnic cuisines. The Gumbo Stop is the home to New Orleans’ only gluten free gumbo.

We welcome you to check out our menus and stop by for a taste!

The Country Club (504) 945-0742 Donating Flat Fee Lunch, Dinner

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The Country Club

634 St. Louisa Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

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(504) 945-0742
thecountryclubneworleans.co…



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  • Region: Bywater
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Any Cuisine
Classic, innovative southern cuisine in a beautiful setting.
Crepes a la Cart (504) 866-2362 Donating 20% Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Crepes a la Cart

1039 Broadway
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 866-2362
crepecaterer.com


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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: French Bistro
About:Parisian-inspired crepes are the stars of the show at Crepes a la Cart. Steps from the Tulane campus in Uptown New Orleans, Crepes a la Cart provides many students and those looking for quick eats with delicious and fresh crepes. The menu offers an abundance of options to satisfy any appetite. The list of savory crepes includes options like the Chicken Florentine Crepe with chicken, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, and garlic; and the La Parisian Crepe stars ham, melted brie cheese, and Dijon mustard. Those looking for sweet treats will have to choose from the long, tempting list that includes the S’mores Crepe, Fruit and Brie Crepe, and Strawberry Shortcake Crepe. – Bethany Culp
Cunada (504) 319-8116 Donating 25% Dinner

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Cunada

833 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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(504) 319-8116
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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Mexican taqueria and bar in the middle of French Quarter. Kitchen open till 4am.
EAT (504) 522-7222 Donating 25% Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

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EAT

900 Dumaine Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 522-7222
eatnola.com

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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Cajun, Creole

I was born and raised in south Louisiana, and I’ve always been fascinated with our region’s unique cultural traditions. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I decided that I would work to preserve and celebrate those traditions through food.At Eat New Orleans, we make local dishes with farm-fresh ingredients, serving the best versions of the family favorites we grew up eating. We use local seafood and seasonal produce whenever possible to help support the fishing and farming ways of life that are integral to Louisiana culture. The work of local artists is featured on our walls. Every day, we strive to create a friendly and comfortable environment that welcomes visitors and appreciates locals. Please join us.

– Jarred Zeringue

Faubourg Bistro/700 Club (504) 561-1095 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Faubourg Bistro/700 Club

700 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 561-1095
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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: American, American Bistro, Cajun, Creole, Pub
Fausto’s Bistro (504) 833-7121 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Fausto’s Bistro

530 Veteran’s Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70005

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(504) 833-7121
faustosbistro.com

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  • Region: Metairie
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Small and intimate, Fausto’s Bistro has been serving traditional Sicilian-Italian fare to the same happy customers for many years. The loyal, well-heeled crowd comes mainly from the nearby affluent neighborhood of Old Metairie, elevating the atmosphere of this otherwise casual spot. The small tables are set close together, as are the stools along the abbreviated bar, adding to the friendly romance that fills the dining room. A beautiful mural dominates the decor, covering one entire wall, while a colorful collection of plates runs along the perimeter of the restaurant. Two Sicilian brothers, Fausto and Roland di Pietro, run the place, and the menu features their mother’s original recipes. Veal saltimbocca with marsala wine and prosciutto is a favorite, as is the frutti di mare(seafood). Don’t forget to save room for dessert — the tiramisu will knock your socks off. — Stella Hebert

Feelings Cafe (504) 446-0040 Donating 25% Dinner

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Feelings Cafe

535 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70017

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(504) 446-0040
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  • Region: Marigny
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
The Green Fork Covington (985) 900-2200 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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The Green Fork Covington

69305 Hwy 21
Covington, LA 70433

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(985) 900-2200
greenforknola.com
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  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: Covington
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Healthy
The Green Fork Metairie (504) 309-3977 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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The Green Fork Metairie

200 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005

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(504) 309-3977
greenforknola.com
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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: Metairie
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Healthy
The Green Fork New Orleans (504) 267-7672 Donating 25% Any Meal

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The Green Fork New Orleans

1400 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 267-7672
greenforknola.com
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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Any Meal
  • Cuisine: Healthy
High Hat Cafe (504) 754-1336 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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High Hat Cafe

4500 Feret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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(504) 754-1336
highhatcafe.com


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  • Region: Freret St.
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
The High Hat Cafe is a casual neighborhood spot serving food from the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana.
Catfish is the star of the menu with strong support from Smoked Roasted Chicken, Delta Tamales,
BBQ Shrimp, Slow Roasted Pork, and Fresh Gulf Fish.We only serve U.S. farm raised catfish and the shrimp and gulf fish come from local waters.The High Hat is located in the old Long’s Bakery Building at the corner of
Freret and Jena, one block uptown from Napoleon.

The Italian Barrel (504) 569-0198 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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The Italian Barrel

430 Barricks Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 569-0198
italianbarrel.com/default.html


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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian Northern
At the Italian Barrel, Chef Samantha Castagnetti, believes in serving only the finest, freshest, highest quality food she can find. She also believes in giving you an Italian food experience like no other, which is why she imports many of her items directly from Italy. From hand rolled raviolis, Specialty meats to imported cheeses and so much more.
Jack Dempsey’s (504) 512-1397 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Jack Dempsey’s

738 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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(504) 512-1397
jackdempseys.net
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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Bywater
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Seafood
Jamila’s Cafe (504) 866-4366 Donating 25% Dinner

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Jamila’s Cafe

7808 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

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(504) 866-4366

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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
La Crêpe Nanou (504) 899-2670 Donating 20% Dinner

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La Crêpe Nanou

1410 Robert St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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(504) 899-2670
lacrepenanou.com


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  • Donation: 20%
  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: French Bistro
Our menu features traditional French fare: crêpes, cheese fondue, pâté, salads, fresh fish, grilled and roasted meats, our signature moules frites, and our delicious dessert crêpes.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen – Uptown (504) 866-5900 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Louisiana Pizza Kitchen – Uptown

615 S. Carollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

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(504) 866-5900
louisianapizzakitchenuptown…

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  • Region: Uptown New Orleans
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

About UsFor nearly 2 and a half decades, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has been a fan favorite in South Louisiana. Once part of a multi-location corporation, the locations are now owned and operated separately. The current ownership of the Uptown location at 615 S. Carrollton Ave in New Orleans has been in place for over 14 years. With the help of friends, family, and a skeleton crew, we were one of the first restaurants to reopen after Hurricane Katrina.

Even though we’ve been described as the Picasso of gourmet, wood-fired pizzas, we are also known for our many tasty pasta dishes, savory salads and delicious wraps. Our award winning Caesar salad is the best in the city! You can also expect weekly specials on the menu. For your convenience, we offer many Vegetarian dishes as well as a Kid’s menu. Make sure you check out our catering menu. We offer the best value in town for your office parties or other social events.

Our quality food, reasonable prices and friendly service make us a very popular restaurant in the Riverbend area with the locals, college students and tourists. We can best be described as a family style restaurant with a diverse Uptown crowd! While we are not considered a sports bar/restaurant, you will find that we occasionally promote our college and professional sports teams by showing their games on our three big screen TV’s.

Join us for 2 for 1 drinks on Wednesdays but come early to secure a seat! We have a full service bar and serve premium liquor and beer with an extensive wine selection.

We are very active in the local community and also support our local artists by offering them a venue in which to showcase their work.

If time permits, make sure to ride the famous street car to our restaurant from Downtown or the Garden District. We are open 7 days a week and look forward to serving you!

Mark Twain’s Pizza (504) 832-8032 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Mark Twain’s Pizza

2035 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005

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(504) 832-8032
marktwainspizza.com/menu.html

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  • Region: Metairie
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Pizza

Mark Twain’s Pizza opened July 30th 1985 on one side of its present location at 2035 Metairie Road in a part of Old Metairie that was once known as “Skinny City.” On one side was Cuban Liquor and the other side was Melbas Ice Cream, both long gone. When Melbas closed in 1993, Mark Twain’s rented and renovated that side and the pizza parlor has remained the same since in it’s present 1800 square foot space.Mark Twain’s is proud of its loyal dining base, especially in the surrounding Old Metairie neighborhood, but also boasts diners from all over the area that come to eat pizza from far away areas like Slidell, Waggamann, Baton Rouge, and Mandeville, just to name a few.

We do not ship food but have had our customers take Muffalettas to such cities as San Francisco, Dallas, New York (what a compliment), Upstate New York, Jacksonville, and many more. Mark Twains reopened after Katrina on September 25th, 2005 and is proud of its consistency and quality in the face of adversity. July 30th was our 21st anniversary.

Come visit us for pizza in the heart of Old Metairie!

Meauxbar (504) 569-9979 Donating 25% Dinner

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Meauxbar

942 N. Rampart St.
NOLA, LA 70116

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(504) 569-9979
meauxbar.com



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  • Donation: 25%
  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: French, French Bistro
Relaxed, French, Fine Dining, 50 Seats
Mona Lisa Restaurant (504) 522-6746 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Mona Lisa Restaurant

1212 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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(504) 522-6746
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  • Region: French Quarter
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
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504-522-6746
Mopho (504) 810-1645 Donating 20% Dinner

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Mopho

514 City Park Ave
New Orleans , LA 70119

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  • Region: City Park/Bayoo St. John
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian
Muriel’s Jackson Square (504) 568-1885 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Muriel’s Jackson Square

801 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

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  • Region: French Quarter
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  • Cuisine: Creole, French, French Bistro
THE BISTRO
The Bistro is the soul of Muriels reflecting family and the tradition of southern dining. You will find the inspiration behind our Contemporary Creole Cuisine amongst the solid foundation of the beautiful aged brick walls. You will discover the love and romance with each bite as our chef will capture your palette with his heavenly creations from the heart of our kitchen.THE BALCONY
On our second floor, just outside the doors, you’ll discover some of the most coveted dining tables in New Orleans. The distinctive black cast-iron rails on our second-floor balcony overlooking Jackson Square, at the corner of Chartres and Saint Ann, is one of the most photographed balconies in the city highlighting our gorgeous French Quarter architecture. The Balcony is available for Special Events, and is open during Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Hours.COURTYARD BAR
At our century old Courtyard Bar you’ll find some of the finest hand-crafted cocktails this side of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a quick bite from our special menu while sipping on a glass of wine, New Orleans specialty drink, or a custom cocktail created by one of our mixologists. We welcome you to try one of our custom Fleur de Lis cocktails, a delightful champagne concoction , or even a Muriel’s Southern Comfort, a version of an adult milkshake.

The Courtyard Bar is a perfect place to meet someone, have some fun with friends, or simply relax and celebrate the end of a busy work week.
THE SÉANCE
The Séance area celebrates the mystery and character of Muriels. The Outer Seance marks the era of Storyville in New Orleans, when Muriel’s Jackson Square was a part of the French Quarter’s best bordellos along the Mississippi. The seductive jewel tone décor and plush surroundings will immediately spark embracing desires of raw passion within you.

The Inner Seance is where our resident ghost, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, prefers to spend most of his time, perhaps reminiscing about the lovely beauties of yesteryear. It’s the ideal place to have an intimate conversation and drink while exploring your metaphysical side in the French Quarter.

Nacho Mama’s (504) 736-1188 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Nacho Mama’s

1000 S. Clearview Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70123

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(504) 736-1188
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  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Nirvana Indian Cuisine (504) 894-9797 Donating 15% Lunch, Dinner

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine

4308 Magazine St
New Orleans, KS 70115

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Serving classic Indian cuisine to the New Orleans area.
Pagoda Cafe (504) 908-9384 Donating 20% Breakfast, Lunch

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Pagoda Cafe

3128 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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(504) 908-9384
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  • Region: Marigny
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  • Cuisine: French Bistro
Fresh inventive cafe fare and excellent coffee
Restaurant des Familles (504) 689-7834 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Restaurant des Familles

7163 Barataria Road
Crown Point, LA 70072

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(504) 689-7834
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  • Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Our restaurant offers its diners a unique opportunity to feast on fresh, local seafood from the waters of Lafitte while viewing picturesque Bayou des Familles through its 12-foot high windows. We are located 17 miles South of downtown New Orleans and our staff is committed to making your trip an enjoyable one. Our menu offers Softshell Crab Foster, Shrimp Diane, Cajun Spaghetti (made with shrimp balls), Seafood Platters and much more.
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Santa Fe (504) 948-0077 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Santa Fe

3201 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119

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(504) 948-0077
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  • Cuisine: Latin American, Southwestern

About Santa Fe Restaurant:Santa Fe was established in the 80’s by German Chef Mark Hollger and his wife Wendy at 801 Frenchmen, it quickly developed an important folllowing as it served the best margaritas and unique Southwestern cuisine with European flair.

Today, the tradition lives on at 3201 Esplanade Avenue under new passionate ownership, still serving the very best margaritas prepared only with the freshest ingredients and top quality tequilas daily, a very rich up-to-date menu including new Latin and Spanish creations as well as the unique classic “Santa Fe” dishes, thus appealing to many different tastes.

Sipping Sante Fe’s fresh fruit frozen margaritas on the covered patio on beautiful Esplanade Avenue, accompanied with freshly prepared complimentary corn chips and salsa, listenning to live jazz on Thursday and Sunday evenings and mingling with the many wonderful regulars is the best way to enjoy life in New Orleans.

Silk Road (504) 944-6666 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Silk Road

2483 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

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  • Region: Bywater
  • Meals served: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Indian
Spudly’s Super Spuds (504) 261-7783 Donating 25% Lunch, Dinner

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Spudly’s Super Spuds

2609 Harvard Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001

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(504) 261-7783
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For over 30 years Spudly’s Super Spuds has been offering the New Orleans area “a meal in a baked potato.”Spudly’s was originally opened in 1980 by a brother and sister, and at first only offered the trademark potatoes. Today, however, under the ownership of Laurie Aicklen, Spudly’s offers a broader menu that includes soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches.

The staff at Spudly’s consists of a tight knit crew of friends and family. The chemistry of the staff coupled with a terrific menu makes Spudly’s Super Spuds a top choice for casual dining in the New Orleans area.

Suis Generis (504) 309-7850 Donating Flat Fee Dinner

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Suis Generis

3219 Burgundy St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

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Twenty years of planning. Eight years in the works. We have traveled the world to bring unique influences to our always evolving menu selections. What you ate last night is not as fresh as what we have today.
The wild boar was probably eating acorns yesterday. The produce may have basked in the sun this morning. The fish are flippy-floppy fresh. If you want adventure, come here.We have an excellent space for private events…..contact us to talk!Traditional restaurants struggle to anticipate demand and keep fresh ingredients for their vast static menus. We seek fresh food daily and direct from producers.
If something runs out, it’s off our menu. The result….
an ever-changing selection of items….creativity….
a food evolution.

Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine (504) 836-6859 Donating 20% Lunch, Dinner

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Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

923 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005

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Vacherie Restaurant (504) 207-4532 Donating 25% Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Vacherie Restaurant

827 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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About UsWelcome to Vacherie, the home of authentic Cajun food, in the heart of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Our restaurant, bar, and cafe are located on the first floor of the Hotel St. Marie, at the corner of Toulouse and Dauphine Streets.Vacherie restaurant is named for the town of Vacherie, Louisiana — a small community situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, not too far west of New Orleans. Chef Jarred Zeringue grew up there, amid the sprawling farms, grand live oaks, and antebellum plantations that characterize this quiet corner of Louisiana. Vacherie’s landscape and lifestyle are the direct inspirations for the Vacherie restaurant menus.

Vacherie is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. We also offer a range of options for customers on-the-go or catering. You’ll find menus for each of those services under the “Our Menus” tab above.

The Velvet Cactus (504) 301-2083 Donating Flat Fee Dinner

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The Velvet Cactus

6300 Argonne Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124

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(504) 301-2083
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  • Cuisine: Mexican
We love eating and drinking with friends & family. That’s why we created The Velvet Cactus, where you and your friends can enjoy Mexican inspired dishes while sipping a margarita made with fresh lime & cane sugar. Our large outdoor patio will make you feel like you’re on vacation even if it is for a few hours.
Who Dat Coffee Cafe (504) 410-4890 Donating 20% Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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Who Dat Coffee Cafe

839 Spain Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

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  • Region: Marigny
  • Meals served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun
When you grow up in a Cajun family, cooking and eating expertly prepared and perfectly seasoned Louisiana cuisine comes with the territory. At six years old, Nero was taught how to make a roux by his Mom-Mom (grandmother) Jeanne. His natural curiosity in the kitchen led her to build a box for him so he could reach the stove and help prepare meals. He began learning about the restaurant industry early on, assisting in the kitchen at The Anchor Inn in Delcambre, Louisiana at twelve years old, and later working at other establishments in Cajun country. He always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, and as an adult, Nero devoted his creative energies into several successful business ventures. He expanded his skill set and knowledge with forays in photography, floral design, event planning and bar and restaurant management. But it was his passion for creating great cuisine that eventually pulled him back into the restaurant industry full time. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Nero came back to New Orleans where he built a reputation as a talented server, chef and businessman during his time at Bywater BBQ. In 2009, he began working at Hallowed Grounds, a fledgling neighborhood coffee shop in the Faubourg Marigny. A year later when the opportunity to purchase the business presented itself in 2010, he bought it, then extensively remodeled the building, re-branded it as a coffee shop and casual dining establishment, and renamed on March 5th, 2010, christened it the Who Dat Coffee Cafe. Today, the business has grown significantly, to include a full-bar and extensive breakfast and lunch menu and both on and off-site catering. Chef Nero and Who Dat Coffee Cafe have built a reputation for great-tasting, affordable food, served up by people who care. Through it all, Nero’s mission remains the same” “Provide delicious, high quality coffee and cuisine, always prepared with LOVE!”

 

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3 New Orleans health providers named leaders in LGBT care | NOLA.com

The VA Southeastern Louisiana Health System, nine Ochsner locations, and CrescentCare were all designated Leaders in LGBTQ care by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in 2018. They were among 418 facilities surveyed across the U.S. to receive the designation. (Photo by Ted Jackson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) ORG XMIT: NOLA2015061614435814(Ted Jackson)

By Maria Clark NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Three New Orleans healthcare providers have been recognized as “LGBT Healthcare Equality Leaders” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for their commitment to provide inclusive environments for their LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) patients and employees.

A total of seven Ochsner locations — including Ochsner Baptist, the Ochsner Medical Centers on Jefferson Highway, Kenner, North Shore and its West Bank Campus — as well as the New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital and the CrescentCare Community Health Center were recognized in the HRC Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) released March 27.

The index scores facilities on their policies and practices aimed at creating more inclusive environments for LGBT patients, visitors and employees. This year, 626 healthcare facilities around the U.S. participated in the survey. Providers can elect to participate and are graded in the areas of LGBT patient-centered care, LGBT patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBT patient and community engagement. To earn a healthcare equality leader designation, the facility has to score a 100 in each of these categories.

The HEI was created to address health disparities and inequalities LGBT patients can sometimes experience in healthcare settings. About 52 percent of transgender patients and 9 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents said they believed they would be refused medical services because of their LGBT status, according to the index.The survey showed remarkable progress among participating facilities, including a 63 percent increase (70,000 hours) across the board in LGBT care training across all 626 hospitals surveyed over the past year.

The release of the 2018 HEI coincided with the deadline for public comments on a proposed “conscience” regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The proposal would protect health care providers who refuse to perform, accommodate, or assist with certain health care services based on religious or moral grounds.If approved, it would allow a provider to file a complaint under the Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Statute, if they feel they have been discriminated against for objecting or refusing to participate in medical procedures — such as abortion, sterilization or sex reassignment surgeries — that go against the provider’s religious or moral beliefs.

This was the second year in a row the VA Southeast Louisiana Healthcare System was recognized by the HRC Foundation for their care for LGBT patients. They provide mental health services, pre and post-surgery care for transgender patients, and offer a transgender support group that meets every Friday, which is coordinated by a licensed clinical worker, among their services for this patient population.The clinical worker, Danielle Rosenfelv started the group about five years ago. At the time, the participants were mostly transgender women older than 50.”Now we serve just as many trans men and people as young as early as in their 20s,” she said. “We have a large population of transgender veterans, and there is a commitment by the VA to serve all of those who have served.”

In 2013, the VA issued a directive to standardize care for LGBT veterans, including creating non-discrimination policies for veterans and their families, creating guidelines for access to care for transgender and intersex veterans and increasing information and training to providers on topics related to LGBT health.

It’s estimated that over 134,000 American veterans are transgender, and over 15,000 transgender people serve in the military today, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.  Ochsner has focused on standardizing training for all employees and establishing non-discrimination policies throughout the system, explained Dr. Brandy Panunti, an endocrinologist at Ochsner who works with transgender patients.

This includes establishing the correct coding when a provider needs to order gender-specific exams (i.e. pelvic exams) so a transgender patient isn’t denied coverage because the needed exam does not match the gender listed on their documents.”How people identify may not be reflected in their legal documents or on their insurance,” Panunti said.In a 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, transgender people reported experiencing denial of care because staff were not trained to “code” gender-specific exams.  “Overall, the health system is a slow one, and we have a lot of catching up to do,” said Panunti.

Of the hospitals that did not participate in the Healthcare Equality Index but were scored based on research over the past year, 63 percent have patient non-discrimination policies including both sexual orientation and gender identity, and 53 percent have LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination policies. About 93 percent had equal visitation policies.

This is the third year in a row that CrescentCare received the Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation. The federally qualified health center began in 1983 as the NO/AIDS Task Force, a non-profit dedicated to fighting the AIDS epidemic in New Orleans.

“Dignity for patients and employees has always been at the heart of CrescentCare’s mission, going back to our foundation as NO/AIDS Task Force,” said Augustin Correro, a spokesperson for CrescentCare.

“The steps toward inclusion and affirmation are such simple ones to take but are immensely meaningful to so many people. As an organization that wouldn’t exist without the dedication of the LGBT community, we promise to continue showing our dedication every day,” he said.

Source: NOLA.COM

‘Test and Treat’ approach to HIV epidemic could save lives

As a resident advisor at Tulane University, a former student frequently talked with his peers about the importance of getting tested frequently for sexually transmitted infections.

He went to Essence Fest last July with a group of friends and saw that a free testing site had been set up. Already used to getting tested, he decided, why not?

Perhaps it was because of his experience working as an RA and being familiar with the true ramifications of a life with HIV, that he was able to accept his HIV-positive test results calmly.

“Everyone else was freaking out. I thought, ‘Well this is inconvenient,'” said the young man, who is now 23. He asked not to be named in this article because his family does not know about his HIV status.

The day he got tested, the Tulane graduate was given medicine that could counteract the virus – and within a week, he said the virus was undetectable.

“I caught it early,” he said.

The treatment of HIV has dramatically changed and health workers, including in New Orleans, are pushing to expand access to testing sites as medication becomes more accessible and easier to take. HIV specialists say that the quicker a patient is consistently taking anti-retrovirals, the quicker they will be able to lower their viral load to the point where HIV is undetectable in their blood stream.

The Mid-City health center CrescentCare partnered with the New Orleans Office of Health Policy on an initiative to start treating newly diagnosed patients with those retroviral drugs within 72 hours of testing positive for HIV. So far, 131 patients diagnosed with HIV have been placed on rapid treatment as part of that initiative, called Rapid Start, since it launched in December 2016.

Putting HIV patients on a consistent treatment plan, early in their diagnosis, so that the virus is suppressed and unable to spread is an essential part of the fight against the HIV epidemic. Louisiana was second in the country in 2016 for the highest number of AIDS cases and third for new HIV cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There is data that shows if your viral load is undectable you can’t transmit the virus,” said Dr. Jason Halperin an infectious disease specialist with CrescentCare. “That’s why we are trying to get patients on treatment the day of (diagnosis).”

The time between testing and treatment for newly diagnosed HIV patients has typically been 90 days to allow time for necessary lab work. But in New Orleans, where the rate of new HIV cases has consistently kept the city in the top five in the country for several years, 90 days is precious time.

The Rapid Start initiative was based on studies that have been conducted in places like San Francisco, Haiti, and South Africa that showed that immediate treatment with antiretroviral therapy leads to quicker suppression of the virus, retention in care and a decrease in the death rate, according to a study published by Halperin and his team of researchers at CrescentCare.

“It’s harder to keep people in care when there is a longer gap in treatment,” said Halperin.

Louisiana ranked No. 2 in chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis rates
Louisiana ranked No. 2 in chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis rates

The state is also ranked No. 2 for HIV diagnoses.

Patients in the Rapid Start program get set up with same-day appointments. The initial visits are streamlined so that the patient can quickly get their medication. Rapid Start covers the cost of medication for the first 30 days, while the clinic evaluates other insurance options.

Patients also get connected quickly to an HIV specialist for ongoing management, and get follow-up appointments within four weeks.

“We don’t want to lose patients, retention is very important,” Halperin said.

As of noon on March 14, the clinic has 131 patients on the Rapid Start initiative. Ten other patients had left the clinic since they got connected to Rapid Start in December 2016.

“The vast majority we have confirmed are in care in another state or local clinic,” said Halperin. “92.3 percent of our patients provided care through the initiative remain at CrescentCare.”

The STD/HIV Program for the state’s health department is battling HIV rates in Louisiana with a combination of prevention and treatment tactics. This includes marketing and making preventative medication called PrEP (pre exposure prophylactics) more available to high-risk candidates. Those include men who have sex with men; transgender women; intravenous drug users; people who engage in risky sexual behavior, such as having sex with multiple partners in a span of six months; or are with a partner who is HIV positive and not being treated effectively.

Additionally, they are looking at working with clinics to try to establish more places that provide testing and rapid treatment, according to DeAnn Gruber, the director of the program.

In Baton Rouge, the Open Health Clinic is offering same-day referrals to a medical appointment but has not yet implemented same-day treatment, according to Gruber.

In New Orleans, Dr. Sue Ellen Abdalian, a specialist in adolescent medicine, also offers test and treat for newly diagnosed HIV patients. She works out of several locations, including the Drop-In Center at Covenant House, the infectious disease clinic at University Medical Center and Tulane’s T-Cell Clinic.

Abdalian is currently conducting a study that will focus on 750 HIV-negative high-risk MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender women between the ages of 14 and 24. The study will offer free sexually transmitted infection screenings every four months. The participants will be assigned to groups receiving a combination of support either through a peer support group, a life coach or through text messages offering health tips. In New Orleans, this age group accounted for 32 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015, according to the state health department.

“We are hoping that none of them become HIV-positive,” she said. If they do, a key part of the study will be implementing rapid treatment after diagnosis.

Teens also have much more immune resiliency and she believes the study will show that, through test and treatment, patients will be likelier to remain in treatment and have suppressed viral loads to where they won’t be able to infect another person.

“We don’t want them walking out without medication in their hands if not in their mouths,” she said.

Source: Nola.com

How a pill could lower epidemic-level rates of HIV in New Orleans | NOLA.com

When Arthur Banks, 47, first heard a radio ad about a pill that could prevent HIV, he thought it was a scam.

When taken once a day consistently, the pill — marketed as PrEP — could prevent HIV in more than 90 percent of cases, the ad told him.

“I couldn’t believe it. I went in and found out it wasn’t a scam,” said Banks, who has now been on PrEP for the past year. “For me, it made sense. I have an active sex life and I thought, why not protect myself? You never know what your partner has done in the past.”

In a city that has consistently been in the top five in the country for the number of new HIV cases, health workers in New Orleans are pushing to expand access to PrEP, believing it’s the key to preventing the new infections that have kept the city at the epidemic’s forefront for too long.

In recent years there has been a strong marketing push for PrEP in billboard ads across the city and the state. At the state level, DeAnn Gruber, the STD/HIV Program Director for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, recently spoke about the state’s marketing efforts of the preventative medication through social media apps as well. Additionally, the department is set to launch a program called TelePrEP this spring that will allow potential candidates to talk to a provider through an online platform so that they can get a PrEP prescription remotely.

“If there is an area of the state where the individual may not be familiar with the provider, or able to find a provider who is comfortable prescribing PrEP, it may save them from having to travel,” explained Gruber.

Health workers say this multi-layered effort is necessary, especially in the South. PrEP adoption has lagged here compared to other parts of the country, even though southern states account for 30 percent of the epidemic in the U.S., according to AIDS.gov.

PrEP has been available since 2012, when the Food and Drug Administration approved use of the anti-HIV medication to lower the risk of someone getting infected with the virus. Taken on a daily basis, the medicine can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. Among people who inject drugs, it can reduce the risk by more than 70 percent. It works by blocking the ability of the HIV virus to attach to T-Cells.

The use of anti-retrovirals as a preventative measure against HIV is well-known within the LGBT community, to whom PrEP has been traditionally marketed. In larger markets such as New York City, where PrEP has been made more widely available since 2012, the number of new HIV cases has steadily declined in recent years. Data showed that new HIV cases declined by about 2,000 in New York City between 2012 and 2016, coinciding with the approval of PrEP and other preventative measures such as routine HIV screenings being made more available.

Efforts to match those numbers in Louisiana are hindered by several factors including poverty, access to care, poorer health outcomes, stigma, racism, homophobia and lack of sexual education. Louisiana has been in the top five states for the highest HIV rates compared to other states for a number of years. Last year, New Orleans came in second and Baton Rouge third in the U.S. for high case rates compared to other large cities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health care providers have focused on getting PrEP to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, people engaging in high-risk sexual behavior such as condom-less sex with multiple partners, those who have a history of sexually transmitted diseases, or are having sex with a partner diagnosed with HIV who is not being effectively treated.

Bruce Hinton, a physician’s assistant with CrescentCare, adds to that list that living in a high-prevalence HIV area like New Orleans should also be considered a major risk factor.

He recalled how in one day in February three newly diagnosed patients were put on HIV medication in one day at the clinic.

“New Orleans has such a casual attitude about sex that we have seen HIV rates explode. When you have three people in one day put on HIV medication it’s an epidemic,” he said.

According to current estimates of diagnosed HIV cases in New Orleans, approximately six percent of the population living in the 70119 ZIP code where CrescentCare‘s testing site is located at 3308 Tulane Avenue are infected with HIV.

“I tell my patients if you fall under at least of the risk factors you are a candidate for PrEP. By living in New Orleans, you automatically fall under one of those risk factors,” Hinton said.

Traditional marketing of PrEP has been geared primarily towards men who have sex with other men (MSM). The use of the prevention pill has increased in the United States but health providers still have their work cut out to increase its use among minorities.

Although the number of patients on PrEP has grown to approximately 77,000 in 2016, almost 75 percent of those patients were white. Only 10 percent were African-American, and 23 percent were women, according to data provided by the drug manufacturer Gilead.

That’s despite the fact that minorities are seeing soaring rates of HIV diagnoses: A 2016 CDC report noted that if current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about one in two black men who have sex with men and one in four Latino MSM will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime.

“We need to make sure that the people on PrEP mirror the people most at risk of being infected,” Hinton said.

In New Orleans this includes even individuals who wouldn’t traditionally be considered high risk, such as heterosexual women.

“Women represent about 25 percent of the HIV epidemic, with African-American women being disproportionately affected,” explained Catrina Coleman, a health educator and one of the people leading outreach efforts about PrEP for CrescentCare in New Orleans. “This is the only HIV prevention that is completely in control of the woman. If I could stand outside handing out information about PrEP all day I would.”

Her main marketing tool is word of mouth. She has visited beauty salons to talk to stylists about it in the hopes they will spread the word to their clients.

The reaction from the women has been a combination of shock and dismay.

“They tell me, “Why weren’t we informed? Why wasn’t this communicated to us before?” she described.

Yet another barrier to HIV prevention is the primary care doctor who is uninformed about PrEP and what it can do, according to Dr. Stacy Greene, the associate medical director and infectious disease specialist with St. Thomas Community Health Clinic.

Patients who might benefit from PrEP are not likely seeing infectious disease specialists, he explained.

“Primary care providers are the first point of contact with this patient population, but they aren’t having these conversations. There is so much fear surrounding HIV, people are afraid to go to the doctor and ask about PrEP,” Greene said. “They need to start breaking down these doubts.”

He estimates that about 33 percent of primary care providers are not knowledgeable about PrEP. There are also providers who know about the medication but aren’t comfortable prescribing it because they feel like it is out of their scope of practice to prescribe it, he added.

The clinic held a PrEP symposium in New Orleans in March for primary care providers across the state to discuss the HIV epidemic and prevention efforts geared to primary care providers.

“If more family physicians and other primary care providers feel comfortable prescribing PrEP, this strategy for reducing HIV pervasiveness may reach more people who are vulnerable to infection,” Greene said.

For another patient who is prescribed PrEP through CrescentCare, the pill has meant consistent access to healthcare, because patients have to be screened for STI’s four times a year to be on PrEP. The 29-year-old woman chose not to be identified for this article because she has not spoken to her family about her work in the sex industry over the past four and a half years.

“Sex isn’t this thing where I have to worry about hurting myself,” she said. “I think I have a much healthier capacity for being sexually active. I still use condoms, I have sexual health conversations, I am still careful and guarding my health. This is something where I feel I have a safety net.”

Source: NOLA.COM –  http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2018/03/hiv_epidemic_new_orleans_prep.html

CrescentCare receives high honor from HRC

New Orleans — For the third consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation named CrescentCare as a Leader In LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. The index scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. Only 418 facilities, including CrescentCare, earned the perfect p score of 100.

“At a time when health care and the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top healthcare facilities are driving progress toward equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “These top-scoring facilities are not only establishing policies that save LGBTQ lives every day, they have become vocal advocates for equality in the public square. This year, we are heartened to see corporate champions, including many healthcare systems, not just speaking out, but also doubling down on their commitment to equality.”

CrescentCare, a federally qualified health center, began in 1983 as NO/AIDS Task Force, a non-profit organization that was at the helm of the AIDS crisis in New Orleans. In 2014, the organization transitioned into a primary care facility that offers healthcare to all.

“Our roots as NO/AIDS Task Force has made achieving this designation a natural fit for us as CrescentCare since we have served many in the LGBTQ community for so long,” said Noel Twilbeck, CEO of CrescentCare. “But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take hard work and a conscious effort every day to make it happen. We work hard at having an inclusive environment for our patients, visitors and employees. I am proud of the inclusiveness of our organization.”

In the 2018 report, an impressive 418 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100. Another 95 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points. With 82 percent of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, health care facilities are demonstrating concretely that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ care.

The remarkable progress reflected in the 2018 HEI include:
59 percent increase in hospitals that have written gender transition guidelines;
42 percent increase in hospitals that offer trans-inclusive benefits;
21 percent increase in the number of participants that have transgender-specific policies;
63 percent increase in training hours recorded – clocking in at more than 70,000 hours of LGBTQ care training provided.

“While the 2018 HEI shows a growing commitment across the nation to equitable and inclusive health care, it also illustrates work left to be done,” said Tari Hanneman, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Health Equality Project, and author of the HEI. “And that work has never been more urgent, given the all-out assaults on the LGBTQ community from the highest levels of government.”

The potential damage that could be caused by the proposed Trump-Pence “conscience” regulation — another effort to allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people — is already spreading fear through vulnerable communities. In comments submitted today to the administration, parents, spouses, nurses and physicians are among a growing chorus expressing alarm at the prospect of allowing health care workers to prioritize their beliefs over care — whether it be for a transgender person, for a patient seeking life-saving access to PrEP, or LGBTQ couples needing fertility services to start their family.

Recently, CrescentCare launched a series of advertisements called, “We See You” that reinforces CrescentCare’s commitment to the LGBTQ community.

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CrescentCare expands primary care, dental services in new comprehensive care facility | NOLA.com

CrescentCare’s new comprehensive health center at 1631 Elysian Fields Ave. will combine four of its current service sites in New Orleans and add space for expanded dental, primary health and behavioral health services. The facility is expected to open in early 2019.

The 65,000 sq. ft. facility includes 32 examination rooms, another eight for dental services as well as space for behavioral health therapy and psychiatric services.

Read the full story at nola.com: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2018/02/crescentcare_to_expand_primary.html

NMTC-Financed Health Center Makes Big Difference in Big Easy | Novogradac & Company LLP

CrescentCare, a health care organization that began providing services to individuals living with AIDS in New Orleans decades ago, is building a 65,000-square-foot medical campus thanks to successful partnerships, a dynamic vision and equity from new markets tax credits (NMTCs).
“I believe in CrescentCare’s mission and its impact on the neighborhood will be enormous,” said Anna Labadie, project manager for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP), the developer for the project. “CrescentCare won’t be just a health care center, but a community center.”

CrescentCare and GCHP broke ground in August 2017 on the comprehensive health care center that will offer primary medical care, dentistry, pediatrics, HIV counseling and testing, case management and behavioral health services. The location will combine four of CrescentCare’s services sites into one comprehensive campus and is expected to triple the agency’s capacity.

“NMTCs are designed to provide financing for developments that make a significant impact in struggling neighborhoods,” said John Sciarretti, a partner in the Novogradac & Company LLP’s Dover, Ohio, office, who provided transaction advisory services and compiled the financial forecast for the development. “CrescentCare could be the poster child for that kind of impact, both in terms of jobs and affecting the health of the community members.”

Construction will take approximately 18 months.

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CrescentCare, a federally qualified health center in New Orleans, is building a 65,000-square-foot medical campus, with significant funding from new markets tax credit equity.

From Answering Machine to FQHC
CrescentCare began as an AIDS service organization–beginning, as Alice Riener, chief legal and policy officer for CrescentCare, said, “as an answering machine in someone’s living room in 1983. It grew organically.”

As years passed, it became obvious that there was a need for case management and other services. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, everything changed for CrescentCare–and everything else in New Orleans.

“[Post-Katrina,] we made it [financially] through the generosity of drag shows across the country and donations from pharmaceutical companies,” Riener said. “That was a reckoning for us. We didn’t want that again. Hurricane Katrina devastated the health care infrastructure in New Orleans.”

CrescentCare applied in 2013 to become a federally qualified health center (FQHC), which allows organizations to receive enhanced reimbursement for federal health insurance programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and grant support to provide services on a sliding scale for low-income individuals, in exchange for more oversight and a requirement that patients are served, regardless of their ability to pay.

CrescentCare gained the FQHC status sooner than expected and Riener said the organization began looking at its infrastructure. It built out some small clinics, but faced obstacles–particularly due to the fact that office buildings require extensive retrofitting to become medical locations and are inefficient for such services.

“Our vision was to provide as full service as possible,” Riener said.

That required a large primary site and trusted developer capable of making CrescentCare’s vision a reality. GCHP was an obvious choice–CrescentCare recently partnered with GCHP to deliver 26 apartments of deeply affordable housing one block from the new site.

“They realized as they continued to grow, their space needs and services changed,” Labadie said.

Riener saw the need. “We don’t want an old office building with long hallways,” Riener said. “We need nutritionists, nurses, behavioral care and everyone else working together. So in 2013, we evaluated our space and realized the buildings we had weren’t suited for what we do.”

Services Needed in Neighborhood
Health care is a desperate need in the neighborhood in which the new facility is being built. “We asked people where they got medical care and they said the emergency room,” Riener said. “[Providing care in that setting is] expensive, they’re not getting regular screening and it clogs up the emergency room. You want people to get preventive primary medical care.”

The combination of services was also important. “The unique aspect is [CrescentCare] serves a very high-need patient population, people with HIV/AIDS with comprehensive services and will now be able to bring that complete health home to the broader community,” said Reema Fakih, NMTC director at Primary Care Development Corp. (PCDC), one of three community development entities (CDEs) that allocated NMTCs in the transaction. “CrescentCare is trying to get services under one facility instead of scattered locations.”

Being an alternative to hospital care resonated with the development partners. “This project is located at the center of CrescentCare’s client population area, in a city-identified target area with no immediate access to affordable primary care services and no comparable FQHCs providing comprehensive health care services,” said En Jung Kim, executive director of equity investor Chase Community Development Banking’s new markets tax credit group. “Being able to address these community needs in an important consideration in our investment strategy.”

Benefits of New, Comprehensive Facility
Finalizing the location wasn’t easy. “One of the big hurdles was that we needed to get the lot rezoned for commercial use,” Labadie said. “Zoning issues always involve uncertainty and risk. So it was pretty encouraging to see the City Council vote unanimously at every step in support of the project.”

Once completed, the new CrescentCare facility will have a pharmacy, conference rooms, a testing center, community conference room, wellness rooms, a laboratory, a dental lab, counseling facilities, supportive housing workspace and more.

Riener said the combination of four sites is a benefit, since other services will be provided in the same building. “This isn’t just a consolidation, this is an expansion,” Riener said. “We’re building out our dental lab space, we’ll have more examination spaces and we’ll be able to hire more providers.”

In addition, Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE), another participating CDE, has a partner credit union, Hope Credit Union, which will operate a branch in the building. Hope Credit Union has 32 branches across Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

“One of the things that struck us was that it’s an amazing location,” said Richard Campbell, CFO of HOPE. “There is a gas station, a CVS pharmacy and more, but there is no financial institution. It is a pairing of our clientele and the demographics. This is an opportunity to serve those most in need.”

The location is prime. “The space is highly visible,” said Kevin Krejci, chief information officer of GCHP. “There are very few people in New Orleans who won’t see it going up.”

“It’s going to be beautiful,” Riener said. “We have been adamant that this isn’t a clinic of last resort. People will choose to come to it. That’s really important. We have a lot of LGBT and transgender services. We want people to feel a high level of dignity and respect.”

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Relationships Pay Off
CrescentCare, GCHP, PCDC, HOPE and Chase benefited from the strong partnership. “PCDC has a history with CrescentCare,” said Anne Dyjak, managing director of capital investment of PCDC. “We have worked with them since 2013 in order to build health care delivery. We helped them obtain FQHC status.”

Krejci alluded to the partnership and Chase’s Kim agreed. “The project gave us an opportunity to work with a strong health care provider with a critical primary care services to an underserved community in New Orleans,” said Kim. “We also had other strong partners in the project–PCDC and GCHP–and working together to support a high impact project like this one in New Orleans is an important consideration in our investment.”

Hope Enterprise Corporation and GCHP have been partners for more than 10 years and the two enterprises have offices just blocks apart.

“We view this as the beginning of a partnership with lots of opportunity to work together to achieve our collective mission,” said Mary Elizabeth Evans, senior vice president, community and economic development at Hope Enterprise Corporation. “We had an established relationship with [GCHP]. So this project is not only an opportunity to expand our relationship with the developer, but a chance to put together favorable financing with other partners.”

Tax Credits ‘Essential’
Funding included a $21 million NMTC allocation: $10 million from PCDC, $8 million NMTC allocation from Hope Enterprise and $3 million from Chase Community Development Banking. There was $10 million in senior debt from PCDC and Chase is the sole equity investor.

“We know [CrescentCare] well as the provider,” Fakih said. “We went through a 1½-year process to work with the management team to see what expansion would look like, as they thoughtfully approached its impact, operationally financially and for better serving CrescentCare’s patients and clients.”

Tax credits were important. “They were essential,” Labadie said. “We knew the capital stack would start with maximizing permanent debt and CrescentCare had saved for the planned capital contribution, but the [NMTC] allocation was the final piece needed for the project to become a reality.”

Riener agreed. “Our attorney said tax credits make a good deal better and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without the new markets tax credit allocations and the loan from PCDC,” Riener said.

Excitement Building
As construction continues, excitement is ramping up.

“This project is particularly exciting to us, not only because it’s a federally qualified health center, but we’re also impressed with CrescentCare’s approach to serving communities with comprehensive services,” Dyjak said. “They are committed to serving a depth and breadth of the population. They will continue to serve HIV/AIDS patients, but are also expanding to serve the general population with dental, medical and behavioral services. In addition, they have a food pantry, deliver meals to homes, provide peer services, medication at a lower estimated cost, housing assistance and financial coaching. There’s a broad spectrum of services.”

Campbell put it succinctly. “I could not imagine a more worthy project,” he said.

Source: Journal of Tax Credits: https://www.novoco.com/periodicals/articles/nmtc-financed-health-center-makes-big-difference-big-easy

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WVUE : Hundreds of homeless neighbors get a home for the holidays

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – Hundreds of New Orleans’s homeless will be getting a home this holiday season. Local organizations banded together to rescue families in need and the disabled from the streets.

Nettie Clancy has been living under the Claiborne bridge with her dog for more than a year.

“I have Lupus plus depression so you know, it’s tough and there’s no where you can go. To the shelters, but I have a dog and so you can’t take the dog and that’s all I have. He’s my baby,” said Clancy.

She’ll tell you horror stories of what it was like being a disabled woman with no where to go.

“I’m by myself, got so many men trying to pay you for sex, drugs, people overdosing and dying – and rough, very rough,” said Clancy.

Now, she and her best friend will have a roof over their heads just in time for the holidays.

“It’s amazing, it’s like God is so good, so good,” said Clancy.

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, with the help of 60 other local organizations, were able to rescue Clancy and others from the streets. Over the past 80 days, the group says it’s moved 56 homeless families out of emergency shelter, and 182 disabled homeless neighbors into permanent housing. Their campaign is called “200 Homes for the Holidays,” but this year, they were able to give more than 238 people a home for Christmas. The group says it’s been their most successful campaign ever to house the homeless.

“It’s a miracle that so many people who have suffered for so long – children, chronically homeless individuals with disabilities – all got housed for the holidays. Now, they’ll have a safe, warm home after years on the streets,” said UNITY of Greater New Orleans Executive Directo, Martha Kegel.

Clancy will receive rent assistance and a case manager who will help her become self-sufficient.

“I connect them with resources within their community, cause I’m the one that’s finding them the house. In finding the house for them, the home rather, I’m familiar with the city and things like that, I may say there’s a food bank there or a grocery store here,” said CrescentCare Housing Specialist Keishone Sylvester.

Clancy says she and her dog couldn’t be more grateful to finally have a place to call their own.

“It’s going to be quiet, and there’s not going to be no fights, and there’s not going to be no drugs, and Jesus thank you – just amazing,” said Clancy.

UNITY of Greater New Orleans says their work isn’t done yet. The coalition plans to help even more homeless families find a permanent place to live for the New Year. That’s something the group says is critically important when you consider a recent count found 62 homeless people died on the streets of New Orleans this year.

UNITY says Entergy provided a lot of the funding to make 200 Homes for the Holidays, happen.

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CrescentCare is one of the organizations partnering with UNITY to offer aid to the city’s homeless, and has housed over 140 homeless clients in the past year.

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