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Stopping Hate at Home

Posted on 10. Apr, 2019 by

Image of a home with “no blacs” spray painted on the window. Source: MEN Media.

A core aspect of fair housing for all is for folks to feel safe within their homes and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, there is a long history in the United State of people using harassment, intimidation, threats and even violence to try to keep particular people or groups out of their neighborhoods. These actions are not only wrong, they are also illegal. More specifically, they can be reported as discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

In recent years, there has been an uptick in the number of hate activities reported nationally, with the most recent FBI data showing a 17% increase in the last year alone (Source). Of those incidents, the most common location was in or near a residence.

In order for these actions to violate the Fair Housing Act, they must target someone due to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (which can include sexual orientation or gender identity or expression), family status or disability. Examples of hate-related incidents include spray painting racial slurs on a home or other vandalism, threats or intimidation due to someone’s national origin, or harassment timed to coincide with a particular religious holiday.

Reporting these acts of hate is important because it can both hold perpetrators accountable and discourage further harassment of other community members. If you or someone you know has faced hate activity at home or housing discrimination of any kind, contact the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center at (504) 596-2100 or file a complaint online.

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