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Program helps New Orleans residents come home

A local program is helping many New Orleans residents move back home.

A local program is helping many New Orleans residents move back home.

An ongoing program in New Orleans is helping many of the city's former residents move back to their old homes.

The St. Bernard Rebuilding Program uses teams of Americorps volunteers to help rebuild homes that were made inhospitable following the impact of Hurricane Katrina five years ago.

ABC News reports that 100 percent of homes in St. Bernard's parish were unlivable following the storm, and that so far, only half of the area's population has returned. One family, who moved back in on the five-year anniversary of the storm last week, said that it was a dream come true.

"It's very emotional, we went through a lot during Katrina and after Katrina and this is finally coming home, I don't think it's really hit me all the way," mother Jori Dorsey told ABC News.

So far the program has helped rebuild 300 homes in the area, and 50 others are under construction. CBS News reports that the organization still has a waiting list of nearly 200 families who still want to move back home.ADNFCR-3450-ID-19933660-ADNFCR