News from Neighborhood Engagement

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Neighborhood Happenings:


New NEO Staff

The Neighborhood Engagement Office introduces new staff.  Sam Gordon has stepped in as the new District A Neighborhood Liaison. Having previously worked in the City of New Orleans Office of Resilience + Sustainability in an outreach and communications role, he is extremely excited to continue with this line of work.  Sam loves all things baseball, soccer and New Orleans Saints and can be reached at

Kyle Shelly returned to NEO as the Strategic Engagement Manager, building on his previous experience as a Neighborhood Liaison and mayoral Briefings Assistant.  His commitment to do great work is paired with his love for Essence Festival and Baby Cakes paraphernalia.  Kyle can be reached at

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Community Office Hours

City Hall is now in your community!  The liaisons of Neighborhood Engagement are stationed around the city.  Every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am-2:30pm we are available to listen, problem solve, route and follow up on your concerns and feedback as well as provide the latest information from city departments. 

District A:  Robert Smith Library (Mondays and Wednesdays)

6301 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

District B:  Keller Community Center (Mondays and Wednesdays)

1814 Magnolia Street. New Orleans, LA 70113

District C:  Backatown Coffee (Mondays)

301 Basin St Suite 1, New Orleans, LA 70112

Algiers Regional Library (Wednesdays)

3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131

District D:  Pontilly Coffee (Monday and Wednesdays)

4000 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126

District E:  Martin Luther King Public Library (Mondays)

1611 Caffin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

East New Orleans Regional Library (Wednesdays)

5641 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127 

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Pastor Mel Jones

Pastor Mel Jones created a unique outreach ministry by opening Pontilly Coffee House.  It offers training and employment opportunities to those who have struggled to secure both.  (Pictured with his grandson Rob Wyble)

Where do you live in New Orleans?

I've lived in New Orleans for 12 years now. I live in New Orleans East, off of Crowder and Morrison, behind the Goretti Church. My first time living in New Orleans, however, was from 1962 to 1982. At that time, I lived in Pontchartrain Park. It later combined with Gentilly Woods to form what is now Pontilly. Back then, Gentilly Woods was Caucasian and Pontchartrain Park was black. Thank God we've merged. 

How long have you lived in New Orleans?

I've lived in New Orleans for 65 years. 

How has the community changed?

Before Katrina, their were stable neighborhoods in a mixed community. We had good schools and elderly homes that were built in the 1950s and 1960s. We also had many working class first generation African American homeowners and even our own golf course. Another good thing was the community produced a lot of African American leaders for New Orleans. After Katrina, the community, however, is changing for the better. There are people from different cultures and socio-economic classes living together. Additionally, people are buying homes and communities are being established again.

As a leader in your community, how do you spread the message of love?

Our Pontilly Coffee House is actually a ministry to reach out to people and inform them it is a faith based ministry that services the community giving good food and services. 

What is an accomplishment of which you are proudest? And why?

I'm proud that we can help bring back the Pontilly community.

Any random facts?

The Pontilly community has been resilient and is making a comeback. We will succeed because of the diversity in this community. 

Why do you love New Orleans?

Food, culture and God put me here for a reason. 

Dr. Chad Dyer

City Hall Spotlight: Chad Dyer

The Neighborhood Engagement Office spotlights City employees that contribute to the success of the City.  This month's feature is Chad Dyer, who serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Land Use.  He formerly served as the Director of Code Enforcement. 

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy managing multiple regulatory departments and facilitating growth and development in the city.

What is the one accomplishment, at work, of which you are most proud?

I’m proud of doubling the productivity of Code Enforcement.

What neighborhood do you live in and what do you like best about your neighborhood?

I live in Broadmoor and I love it for its location and character.

Any random facts you could share with us?

I am the proud father of two amazing daughters.


Looking for a way to serve?

Serving on a City of New Orleans board or commission is a way to volunteer and get involved with city government.  To indicate your interest in serving on a board or commission, please complete the online interest form and City Council Questionnaire, read the City of New Orleans Code of Ethics, and email us at

There are over 100 public boards and commissions operating in the City of New Orleans.  These boards and commissions address a wide-range of issues, including public safety, education, recreation, housing, economic development, historic preservation, planning, management of public assets, as well as other matters affecting the quality of life in our city.

For a comprehensive list of City of New Orleans Boards and Commission, please click here. 

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Find NEO on Nextdoor!

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Get Informed. Get Prepared. Get Ready.


See what's scheduled for your block!

Where Y'at

Upcoming Events

July Job Fest

Wed, July 11, 2018, 12pm-3pm

Dryades YMCA

2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

Sheriff's Office Community meeting

Tues, July 24, 2018, 6pm

Dillard University Sciences Bldg

2601 Gentilly Blvd

City Council meeting

Thurs, July 12, 2018, 10am

City Council Chambers

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Become a Social Media Ambassador

Become a #CityOfYes Social Media Ambassador. My ask is simple, please hashtag #CityOfYes in your pictures of New Orleans. We will monitor the hashtag and respond, share and connect you to a solution. We want an inclusive New Orleans, where all voices are heard and responded to. We want the culture of City Hall to be about saying Yes! It’s about we! Follow Mayor Cantrell  handle on all social media platforms is @mayorcantrell. (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter).

Feeding program

Free Summertime Meals for Youth


For location information, click here.

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Sewerage and Water Board Hiring Day

The Sewerage and Water Board is hosting a focused hiring event on Friday, July 13th at Xavier University in the Convocation Center Annex Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will fill several targeted vacancies through an expedited process. The agency’s goal is to fill 50 vacant positions. 

This hiring day will allow S&WB hiring managers to make several important hires in an expedited process in order to fulfill Phase 1 of a plan to fill all available positions. The agency is beginning to plan Phase 2 of this hiring effort.

The agency is encouraging individuals seeking employment with the Sewerage and Water Board to visit to review available positions and apply online for jobs for which they are qualified ahead of the event. Many people will receive calls over the course of the next week to come interview on Friday, July 13th.

The day will include informational sessions about jobs that are traditionally difficult to fill because of the challenges in finding qualified individuals. For these positions, candidates will have the opportunity to apply on the spot.


Coffee on Your Corner

Thank you, residents of District B, for coming out to hear from and having your questions about housing answered by City leadership.

Thank you, Gracious Bakery, for graciously hosting us.