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Fair Housing Center Marks Katrina Anniversary with the Release of Anti-Discrimination Campaign

Posted on 28. Aug, 2006 by

In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) unveils a new fair housing advertising campaign. The campaign features one print public service announcement (PSA), one 30-second television PSA, and one 30-second radio PSA, each of which can be downloaded at

The campaign, created, produced and edited entirely by GNOFHAC staff, highlights discriminatory ads for housing posted on the Internet by housing providers shortly after Hurricane Katrina. The illegal ads included statements like “not racist, but white only,” “we would prefer a white couple,” and “to make things more understandable for our younger child we would like to house white children.”

Media outlets are urged to run the public service announcements in any and all available PSA slots. The ads are also being reproduced in Spanish. The translated versions will be available shortly.

Housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, and religion is illegal according to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry remarks, “We hope that this ad campaign will both encourage victims of discrimination to report it and remind landlords, real estate agents, and others involved in housing transactions that discrimination will not be tolerated in New Orleans. A just rebuilding of New Orleans requires equal housing opportunity for everyone.”
The project was funded entirely by private funding and volunteer efforts.

Scroll down to view the television ad.

Click here for to hear the radio ad.

Click here to download the print ad.

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