Home by Hand is a 501c3 non-profit, single-family, affordable housing developer that improves neighborhoods and builds the skills and family assets of low-to-moderate income households by employing the best practices in self help housing, homebuyer training, community revitalization and stormwater management.
Oji Alexander is the Executive Director at Home by Hand, Inc. As the former Senior Project Manager at Project Home Again, a nonprofit housing and community development organization in New Orleans, Oji led the development, maintenance and sale of over 170 new, energy-efficient, hurricane-resistant homes in the neighborhoods of Gentilly. He has worked with NORA and private real estate professionals to facilitate the transfer of over 250 properties that were blighted or abandoned so they could be used for housing development, gardens or lot-next- door expansions. Oji managed a staff of two in addition to overseeing Project Home Again’s construction team. He worked at Project Home Again since 2008.
Prior to joining Project Home Again, Oji was the manager of a 190-seat restaurant in Westhampton Beach, NY where he managed a staff of 50 employees. Oji received a Bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication with minor in secondary education from The State University of New York at Albany.
Oji is a resident of the Oak Park neighborhood in Gentilly and is an active community member. Oji also sat on the boards of NOLA Tree Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to replacing the tens of thousands of trees lost during Hurricane Katrina, Kickball of Crescent City, a New Orleans based Social Aid and Pleasure Club and Home By Hand, a non-profit self-help housing developer.