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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…