The Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting our unique diversity and improving the quality of life of residents in the Greater New Orleans area, beginning in New Orleans East. Together with community partners, our work encompasses health care, environmental and agricultural concerns, education, housing, social services, economic development, youth development and culture and the arts.
MQVN CDC serves New Orleans East (NOE), which is located in the wetlands of Louisiana approximately 20 miles from downtown New Orleans. Before Hurricane Katrina, NOE had an estimated population of 96,000. As of count, 56,000 residents have returned. The Village de l’Est neighborhood in NOE is a community comprised of Vietnamese Americans (about 58%), African Americans (34%), Latino Americans (7%), and non-Hispanic Whites (less than 1%). Thirty-five percent of the migrant community is limited-English proficient with Vietnamese as their native language and about 70% of the adult population have a high school education or less. This is a particularly vulnerable population, as 26% of the population lives below the poverty level and 40.6% are renters of temporary housing.