Policy Initiatives

The powerful changes that lift up Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents can only be sustained over the long-term through systems change and policy that works for the people. Foundation for Louisiana is committed to policy work that ensures that the hard-won gains of our grantees and partners are institutionalized. FFL supports advocates working to increase access to affordable housing, build community wealth, expand economic opportunity, and empower underserved communities to influence policy at the local, state and federal levels.

In action, our policy initiatives take the form of convening an Equity Caucus, where community members from many perspectives – activists and advocates, public employees, nonprofit staff, and representatives from private industry – can collectively strategize actions to bring about policy change in the public and private sectors. We make grants to sustain these action plans and provide technical assistance to the lead agencies and resident leaders who are responsible for carrying them out. We also invest in concept papers and original research; these thoughtful, evidence-based documents lay the groundwork for policy advocacy by our partners and others across the state.

Projects We Support

Ambassadors for Safe Streets

The Livable Claiborne Community Ambassadors program is just what the name says: an opportunity for residents of the Claiborne Avenue corridor to engage with their neighbors on community issues. But it's equally valuable as a transportation safety program, since its focus is giving neighborhood residents a voice in making their neighborhood streets safer for biking and walking.

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This memorial was erected for a New Orleans bicyclist who was struck and killed in August 2015 at the intersection of North Broad and Canal Streets.

Stopping Rainstorm Flooding in Our Own Back Yards

When Foundation for Louisiana's 2014 Environmental Sustainability working group met to develop a project focused on New Orleans' Claiborne Avenue Corridor, their first challenge was simply to decide what they meant by "sustainability." As Jeff Supak of Global Green USA's New Orleans office explains, participants brought different perspectives – some cultural, some neighborhood, some environmental, and some simply tired of repeated street flooding from New Orleans' typical "gullywasher" summer rainstorms.

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A New Type of Housing Plan for New Orleans

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) is coordinating a large-scale effort to develop a ten-year strategy for housing New Orleans' current and future residents

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FFL supports recommendations of Justice Reinvestment Task Force announced Thursday by Gov. Edwards

“Never before have we had such a cross section of leaders work together to come up with effective solutions to the challenges facing our justice system. This task force has involved elected leaders, business leaders, leaders in the those in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, as well as advocates and grassroots activists, and leaders from the faith-based communities across the spectrum,” said FFL President & CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr., who has served as the governor’s designee on the task force.

Justice Reinvestment Task Force takes positive steps toward final report

The governor hopes that the March 16 report will give legislators the guidelines they’ll need when the session begins on April 10 to begin the important task of making more effective laws to protect our citizens and reduce what has become a vicious cycle of incarceration and criminalization of one set of our population while endangering and practically bankrupting another.

LGBTQ Statewide Summit empowers volunteers, activists and thought leaders

The summit also featured the panel discussion "Organizing for Political Change," moderated by Sebastian Rey (LGBT Community Center of New Orleans) and featuring panelists Frank Perez (LGBT+ Archives of LA), Cherry Galette (National Performance Network), Dylan Waguespack (Equity Louisiana and Louisiana Progress) and Shaena Johnson (BreakOUT!).