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Fair Housing Executive Director Urges Congress To Address Government Sponsored Housing Discrimination In Gulf Region

Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 by

On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) Executive Director James Perry testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  Perry reported that in the Gulf Coast region since Katrina, “the most egregious cases of discrimination have been perpetuated by government actors entrusted to serve the very communities that they have discriminated against.”

Perry cited numerous examples of how discriminatory actions and policies on the part of government have “stunted recovery for scores of thousands of Gulf Coast residents,” particularly people of color, people with disabilities, families with children, and low-income residents.  For example, “rather than a Road Home, many black homeowners have found a road leading to despair, inequity and discrimination” because of the racially discriminatory Road Home grant calculation formula.  Perry also pointed to discriminatory actions and policies on the part of FEMA, St. Bernard Parish, the State of Louisiana, and the Housing Authority of New Orleans in the five years since Katrina.

7-30-10 Read the Gannett article “House Weighs Fair Housing Act Changes” here

7-29-10 Read the entire press release here

7-29-10 Read Perry’s testimony here

7-29-10 Listen to audio of Perry’s testimony here

7-28-10 Read the press release announcing Perry’s testimony here

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