Home Is Here NOLA

Build Belonging.

Home is Here NOLA is a grassroots nonprofit organization that connects newly arriving immigrants and asylum-seekers to community-based systems of support, housing and other resources.

Building community networks for survival and solidarity.

We create relationship-based systems that get asylum-seekers and other newly arriving immigrants released from detention and into housing and supportive community in the Gulf South.

These systems are co-created alongside newly arriving immigrants who are ineligible for government services and benefits and do not have a support network in the U.S.

We build relationships of solidarity that seed communities of equity and belonging in the Gulf South.

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Louisiana is the U.S.’s most invisible interior border.

Where our nation’s refugees meet the world’s incarceration capital.

When criminal justice reform legislation passed in 2017 leaving many Louisiana prison beds empty, these jails converted into a vast network of immigrant detention centers. More immigrants are now detained in Louisiana than in any other state in the nation outside of Texas – over 6,000 people daily as of February 2024.

Approximately 85% of immigrants detained in Louisiana are newly arriving asylum-seekers who have requested refugee protection at the border – and are then regularly bussed or flown to Louisiana’s immigration jails, known as detention centers.

The thousands of people held in rural Louisiana’s immigration jails are isolated in every way.

People who arrive to the U.S. alone without an address to go to are ineligible for release. Upon release, most newly arrived immigrants are not eligible for work permits, housing, legal aid, or government-funded support of any kind.

Home is Here works through the practice of bridging.

We organize newly arrived immigrants and established community members into multiracial relationships and connection across difference.

These relationships create new pooled resource networks and support systems that get people released from detention and meet their most critical needs for housing, legal aid, and a community of support.

This approach also allows newly arriving and established community members to become a part of each other’s everyday lives – co-creating communities where everyone can belong and mobilizing people to engage in movements for social justice.

These interpersonal relatiionships move people into learning, direct action, and solidarity.

Relationships of mutual aid become the building blocks for interconnected communities of support with newly arriving immigrants.

Communities of support build power to transform local systems and institutions, to allow access and participation for all.

Join us to build community alongside newly arriving immigrants.

Our work is a call to action – community networks for survival and solidarity are required when so many people in the Gulf South cannot access or exercise power in mainstream social support systems.

We organize community members into multiracial collaborative groups of various kinds that focus on the three areas that are the most important to newly arriving immigrants: Relationship; Housing; and Legal Aid.

Community Resettlement &       Detention Visitation Groups 

We organize groups that visit with immigrants while in detention; support release from detention through sponsorship; and function as long-term support networks for people arriving alone to the U.S. and ineligible for government-funded services.     

Housing & Legal Aid 

We work with community members and partners to expand affordable housing for new community members and legal aid capacity where newly arrived immigrants need it most. 

Solidarity Circle for Financial Support  

Contribute once or join our Solidarity Circle by offering monthly support so we can plan and allocate resources to sustain our work into the future.

We know we are successful when...

  • People have their basic needs met and rely on a broad network of shared resources for problem-solving. 
  • People are participating in community life and are owning and sharing their own resources. Community groups are working in new ways to uplift another in mutual aid for all. 
  • People are exercising meaningful voice and participating in the design of structures, exercising agency, influence, and leadership/power within systems. 
  • People experience dignity, self-worth, and are hopeful about their future