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A letter from Executive Director Cashauna Hill

Posted on 20. Apr, 2015 by

Dear Fair Housing friends, supporters, and advocates,

Cashauna Hill

Cashauna Hill

My name is Cashauna Hill, and it’s an honor to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). I’m humbled and excited to lead this important organization into its next chapter.

As always, it seems that we’ve got our work cut out for us: housing discrimination—especially against people of color and individuals with disabilities—continues to run rampant in our state, and the recent controversy over laws in Arkansas and Indiana (and the ominous possibility of Louisiana following suit) reminds us that state-sanctioned discrimination is not at all a relic of the past. That said, I’m confident that we can and will rise to the challenges before us. I’m also immensely grateful to people like you, whose engagement and support make this work possible.

I’d like to share with you my priorities and vision for the Center as it enters into its 20th year. Feel free to send me an email to let me know what you think:

  1. Become a stronger statewide advocate. Work with partner organizations to make sure that all Louisianans—whether they live in Shreveport, Monroe, or Folsom—can exercise their rights to fair housing.
  2. Push for better protections for those who are most vulnerable to housing discrimination. This includes putting an end to “zero tolerance” policies that call for automatic evictions of domestic violence victims if the police are called to their homes. These policies are shockingly common in Louisiana and have pushed many of our communities’ women and children into homelessness.
  3. Address the rampant housing discrimination against people of color in New Orleans. The Center recently found that African Americans face discrimination an unbelievable 44% of the time when seeking homes in New Orleans’ highest opportunity neighborhoods. I promise to fight to ensure that no families in our city are locked out of safe neighborhoods because of the color of their skin.

I hope you’ll continue to stay engaged and to stand next to us in these important fights. On that note, we’re hosting several events in New Orleans in the coming weeks. Please stop by and say hello:

April 22: Community Crawfish Boil (New Orleans)

May 4: Fair Housing Happy Hour (New Orleans)

May 5: Give NOLA Day (Everywhere!)

Thank you for standing with us.

Cashauna Hill, Executive Director

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