Rebuilding for resilience
GAF Community Matters is taking on an ambitious initiative in the Gulf Coast region.
Bringing Community Matters to New Orleans With Anthony Mackie
GAF is leveraging its roofing expertise and resources to repair/replace 500 roofs throughout the Gulf Region, starting with 150 roofs in New Orleans’ 7th Ward. View the press release
Teaming up with a Captain
We've assembled a team to help Gulf Coast Communities build resilience and we're thrilled to have critically acclaimed actor and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie on board. The son of a roofer, Mackie knows the importance of a roof in helping families feel safe and building strong communities. Together with Mackie, GAF is addressing the challenges of disaster recovery and helping residents return home.
Preparing for the next storm
For too long, disaster response has prioritized short term support over long term resilience, leaving families unprepared for future challenges - there is no greater example of this than the sea of blue tarps that cover communities in New Orleans. GAF is committing to help reroof homes and accelerate rebuilding efforts in these communities.
Building a resilient workforce
Through programs like the GAF Roofing Academy, GAF trains community members in essential roofing skills they can use now and in the future and provides resources to our non-profit partners to employ these individuals as they support rebuilding efforts.
Restoring hope to homeowners
Meet two New Orleans homeowners whose houses we’re helping to restore by providing the essential protection of new or repaired roofs.
Bringing home Mr. Evans
Korean War veteran William Evans Sr. has lived in New Orleans’ 7th Ward for nearly a century. But in 2021, Hurricane Ida forced the proudly independent retired longshoreman to leave his home. Major damage to the roof made the house unsafe. Working together, we’ll bring him home where he belongs.
“We did a circle around the block three times just looking at the new roof. We’re so excited and appreciative of this.”
- Redell Warren, daughter of Mr. Evans
A safe place for the Barard family
Lifelong 7th Ward resident Larae Barard grew up next to the house she now lives in with her two young children. Sadly, the house suffered intense damage from Hurricane Ida, including a leaky roof and water damage throughout. We’re proud to help ensure their home is safe to live in for years to come.
“You never know when your miracle is going to come, but it comes always on time. I want to say thank you to GAF for what they are doing for me.”
- Ms. Larae Barard
See our progress on InstagramAs GAF begins its mission in New Orleans, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey to building stronger communities, workforces, and families. Share how you are building resilience in your communities by tagging GAF on social media with #GAFCommunityMatters
Strong non-profit partnerships
Click below to learn about the amazing national and local partners working with GAF to address the needs and help build the resiliency of the communities we support.
Be prepared when disaster strikes
Disaster Preparedness: Best Practices for Homeowners
Disasters come in different forms, including severe weather, wildfires, and even health crises such as a global pandemic. Thankfully there are things you can do ahead of time in order to secure your home, protect your family, and recover more quickly in the event of a disaster.
How to Make a Disaster Preparedness Kit
Having a disaster preparedness kit is a key part of being ready for the unexpected. The American Red Cross recommends having enough supplies on hand to sustain your household for a few days if you are evacuating, or up to two weeks if you are staying in your home.
Get involved in your community
GAF offers incredible opportunities to acquire or share the roofing skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the roofing industry and support communities.