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An attack on New Orleans affordability

Posted on 21. Mar, 2018 by in Actions, Blog

Our food, music, and architecture make New Orleans unlike any other place on earth and we would defend it against anyone. Now, state legislators and lobbying groups from outside of New Orleans are trying to squash efforts to keep the city affordable for the musicians, culture bearers, and hospitality workers who make New Orleans special. Please take a moment and ask Mayor Landrieu and Mayor-elect Cantrell to stand strong for a city where we can all afford to stay.

Last November, voters in New Orleans were very clear that they wanted elected officials who would keep New Orleans affordable for New Orleanians. One of the key tools the Mayor and City Council have available is the Smart Housing Mix policy, which would ensure a percentage of new units are affordable for the average worker.

For the second year in a row, the real estate developer lobby and Jefferson Parish legislators are trying to ban policies like the Smart Housing Mix. Their bill, SB 462, would strip important zoning power from local governments, sabotaging attempts to keep New Orleans affordable.

Our Mayor and Mayor-elect have both advocated for more housing that is affordable and we need them to stand up against these attempts to control New Orleans. Join us in asking them to defend New Orleanians’ ability to stay and thrive in our great city.

Still no guarantee of safe, healthy homes for Louisiana’s renters

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Policy Updates

Yesterday, GNOFHAC learned of a Gretna mother whose ceiling collapsed on her young son. He suffered an injury to his arm and now she’s worried about his safety as well as that of her two other children. The apartment not only has issues with the ceiling, but there are significant leaks and mold as well.  You can see more about this story here

Your home is where you’re supposed to feel safe. It’s where you can relax after a long day, where your children play and do their homework, and where you make memories with your family.

Local and state politicians have failed to protect families who rent from leaks, mold, rats, and even collapsed ceilings. Louisiana is a free-for-all for landlords with few rules and no enforcement. GNOFHAC receives calls every week from renters looking for help. Often, families who rent put themselves at risk for eviction when they ask for a repair.

Families who rent deserve safe and healthy homes, and our city leaders need to do more to ensure that before a landlord rents a property, they should have to show that it’s the kind of place they’d be willing to live.

Until then, document all of your conversations with your landlord or property manager – ideally using email or text rather than phone calls – and call GNOFHAC at (504) 596-2100 or our partner Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at (504) 529-1000 to learn more about your rights.

Attention Housing Providers: Have You Been a Victim of Insurance Discrimination?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2017 by in Blog

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), also known as “Section 8”, helps low-income residents across the United States pay for rental housing. Many families and individuals rely on this federal program to subsidize rent in the private housing market (learn more).

Unfortunately, there have been reports of discrimination by insurance companies against housing providers who rent to tenants using the HCVP, or who rent to a high proportion of such tenants.  How do you know if you’ve been a victim of this type of insurance discrimination?  Your insurance company or agent may have asked if you rent to tenants who use vouchers, or what proportion of your tenants use vouchers.  They may have raised your rates, canceled your policy, refused to renew, or even refused to write you a policy in the first place. Read More…

Finance Authority of New Orleans Announces Down Payment Assistance Program

Posted on 03. Jul, 2017 by in Blog

Have you been thinking about buying a home in New Orleans?  The Finance Authority of New Orleans has just announced a new down payment assistance program.  Qualifying buyers can chose between an interest-free down payment loan of up to 10% of the purchase price, or a grant of up to 5% of the purchase price.  Read more here, then sign up for a Homebuyer Education Class.  You’ll learn all about the home buying process, including your fair housing rights.

Fair Housing & LGBTQIA+ Communities: Know Your Rights!

Posted on 30. Jun, 2017 by in Blog

Many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+) don’t realize that they have the legal right to fair housing access. It’s true that the federal Fair Housing Act only explicitly outlaws discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status and does not directly include sexual orientation or gender identity. However, in many cases, there are still protections for queer and trans people in place. Let’s look at some examples: Read More…

What LAVAWA Means for You

Posted on 30. Jun, 2015 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Policy Updates

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The Louisiana Violence Against Women Act, or Senate Bill 174, will become law on August 1st, 2015. This bill was created through collaboration among housing advocates, domestic violence service providers and housing providers who believe that survivors should never have to choose between safety from abuse and a safe place to live. We look forward to continuing our partnerships in order to ensure that these protections are properly implemented.

Here are the four key provisions of the law: Read More…