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Meet Emma

Posted on 04. Jun, 2014 by

photo (2)Emma Foley, Education and Outreach Intern

Vassar College, c/o 2015

Why were you interested in working with GNOFHAC?  I knew I wanted to be in New Orleans and I knew I wanted to do something related to housing, and so with some good googling skills I found GNOFHAC–which seemed to be the perfect fit. I have previously worked with housing organizations that reactively address housing problems (housing the homeless, for example) and I was excited at the prospect of working with an organization that proactively addresses housing challenges through audits, policy, enforcement, and outreach.

What do you hope to gain from your internship this summer?  I am most excited to meet and hear the stories of a wide range of people–tenants, landlords, homebuyers, kids, policy experts–and I think this internship is a perfect place to do that. I also hope to see the innovative, resilient, and creative ways that both individuals and organizations like GNOFHAC deal with issues of discriminatory housing. It’s a problem that can affect so many aspects of a persons life, yet is impossible to solve with a one size fits all solution.

What’s your favorite thing about New Orleans?  THE DOUGHNUTS! That’s the only reason I came back. (Just kidding, there are a ton of reasons I came back, but it is a BIG part of it.) The moment I popped one of those delicious morsels in my mouth at the Buttermilk Drop last year I thought, “this is where I belong.” Oh and also the dancing. I love that people love dancing–why aren’t people like that everywhere?

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