Our mission is to transform unjust housing policies, discriminatory practices, and inequitable development schemes by engaging in strategies that create permanently affordable housing, advance tenant rights, expand housing security, and uphold equitable housing patterns and land use planning.​​
JPNSI is a Community Land Trust (CLT) and housing rights organization committed to creating sustainable, democratic, and economically just neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans. For nearly 10 years we've worked to increase the range of affordable housing options available to low and moderate income residents and advocating for housing justice across the city.
The roots of JPNSI’s work started in the spring of 1999 with the creation of Nowe Miasto (No’vay Mee’ah’sto) in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.

Polish for ‘new city,’ Nowe Miasto was originally conceived as collective living, performance, art, and community space.  Serving as an organizing hub for local activists from 1999 to 2005, the three-story, 11,000 square foot converted warehouse space became an incubator, sustainer, and supporter of community-based projects. The building hosted meetings, art, and workspaces, as well as fundraisers, performances, conference housing, gardening projects, workshops, and lecture series. In 2005, collective members purchased the building two-month before Hurricane Katrina with plans of establishing a Limited Equity Housing Cooperative.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated the neighborhood in 2005, members of Nowe Misato realized that a community-wide movement to protect and encourage equitable redevelopment was necessary for promoting safe, affordable, and sustainable communities. And thus Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative was officially incorporated in December of 2008.


We believe everyone has a right to safe, accessible, healthy, and affordable homes, and that our work has to center the leadership and needs of those residents most vulnerable to housing discrimination, displacement, and neighborhood planning exclusion.  

JPNSI understands that one of the strongest ways to preserve the vibrancy of our neighborhoods is to create community-controlled development. We are different from many other housing developers — our work is not driven by the need to make a profit, and we are committed to permanently affordable housing.

Our rental homes will always be rented for below market rate and only be available to low and moderate income residents.


JPNSI is governed by a working board, and one paid staff member--drawing from years of experience in social justice organizing, public policy, human rights advocacy, public interest law, philanthropy, and housing development and construction.

Staff                                                                 Board of Directors                              Advisory Board
Breonne DeDecker, Program Manager                 Atianna Cordova                                Amy Laura Cahn
Lydia Y. Nichols, Public Programs Coordinator       Brice White, Interim Chair                  Khalil Shahyd
                                                                        David Harms, Treasurer                      Kate Scott
                                                                        Hannah Adams                                  Shana M griffin, Board Chair Emeritus 
                                                                        Imani Jacqueline Brown 
                                                                        Julie Tweeter
                                                                        Katie Hunter-Lowrey                                        
                                                                        Kim Washington 
                                                                        Maxwell Ciardullo
                                                                        Miriam Isabel Barrios, Secretary
                                                                        Robert Bell  
                                                                        Robin Gruenfeld