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Fair Housing Center Set to Open in Baton Rouge

Posted on 11. Oct, 2005 by

As a result of a generous donation by Ameriquest Mortgage, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will temporarily relocate its office to 7868 Anselmo Lane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The move comes on the heels of complaints and reports of discrimination against New Orleans evacuees seeking housing.

Victims of discrimination should contact GNOFHAC to file complaints at 877-445-2100 or 504-596-2100. Due to staffing constraints, most complainants will be force to leave messages. Staff will return calls as quickly a possible.

Ameriquest Mortgage, hearing reports of discrimination, donated the office space, rent-free, for a one-year period. James Anderson, Ameriquest vice president for community and government relations remarked, “We are proud to support the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center in continuing its important work during this challenging time in New Orleans.”

James Perry, GNOFHAC Executive Director remarks, “If there is ever a time for people to ignore the barriers of race, national origin, sex, familial status, religion and disability, it is now, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Housing providers must put aside their prejudices and welcome evacuees. Unfortunately, our office has received reports of landlords basing housing decisions on race, whether a family has children, and disability. Through this great donation from Ameriquest Mortgage and our supporters, we will be able to continue to ensure that housing opportunities are fair for all Louisiana home seekers.”

10-11-05 Download the press release here

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