homeowner Rashida sitting on the steps of New Orleans house
Photo: Katherine Slingluff
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The Homewner

In August 2005, owner Rashida Ferdinand, a third-generation resident of the Lower Ninth who bought her house the previous year, was in the middle of renovating when the storm forced her to evacuate. This photo was taken on September 10, 2007, exactly two years after a search-and-rescue team left their telltale markings on the front porch. Though she moved back to New Orleans six months after Katrina, she has not been able to live in the house and is only now restarting work.
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