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Council Heard Us Loud and Clear! Thank You!

Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by


On Wednesday, GNOFHAC joined tenants, landlords, and community leaders to urge City Council to improve the quality of rental homes in New Orleans. Individuals and organizations shared testimony that painted a horrific picture of the conditions far too many New Orleans residents are living in.

Many people also voiced support for a rental registry program, although an ordinance has not yet been proposed. The program, enacted in numerous cities nationwide, would affirmatively inspect rental properties to insure all rental homes meet basic health and safely standards.

 Because of people like you, we think the Council heard the concerns loud and clear: something needs to change. Thank you to all of our supporters and partners who emailed Councilmembers, signed a petition, let us share their stories, or attended the hearing.

 The media heard us too. Here is the press coverage of the hearing:

– The Hayride
– The Lens
– The Advocate
– Uptown Messenger

The fight for improving the health and safety of the majority of New Orleans residents- renters- isn’t over yet and it won’t be easy. At the hearing, opponents downplayed the problem of substandard conditions in New Orleans homes, and suggested abandoning new proposed solutions in favor of maintaining the status quo.

But we know the status quo isn’t working. Too many families are living with toxic mold, leaks, broken appliances, or worse. Guaranteeing all rental homes meet a minimum standard will also guarantee healthier children and a safer City.

Stay up to date on how to ensure rental homes are improved at and on Twitter using #NOLAdeservesbetter. 

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