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Fighting the Battle for Housing for Veterans

Posted on 24. May, 2019 by

This memorial day, as we take time to remember those who lost their lives in combat, here at GNOFHAC we are thinking about those who come back from serving in the military and then have to begin the battle of finding a home to live in.

            Despite the financial security the military once offered, today’s veterans are 5% less likely then the average American to be able to afford their housing costs, putting Louisiana’s 284,074 veterans at risk of housing insecurity. In Louisiana, 25% of veterans are living with a disability connected to their service and, while denying someone housing because of a disability is illegal under the Fair Housing Act, disability discrimination continues to harm our communities. Whether this discrimination happens through an outright denial, or through a housing provider’s unwillingness to grant a reasonable accommodation or modification, veterans are especially vulnerable to disability discrimination.

            Even veterans who don’t actually have any disabilities still face discrimination because of perceived disability. Housing providers who hold onto stereotypes and judgments about combat veterans impact all veterans—not just those who are living with disabilities. When housing providers refuse to rent to anyone who served in the military, families across the country are denied the opportunity of safe and stable housing.

Disability under the Fair Housing Act is any physical or mental condition that limit’s someone’s life activities—so whether someone requires a ramp or other modification because of a physical injury, a service or emotional support animal to assist with PTSD or anxiety, or pays their rent with Veteran Disability Compensation—housing providers are never allowed to deny housing because of a disability.

If you are a veteran with a disability who has experienced housing discrimination or believe you have been denied housing because of a perceived disability, please call The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center at 504-596-2100.

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