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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.

ICYMI: Substandard Housing & Zika Risk

Posted on 09. Jul, 2016 by in Actions, Blog

Unregulated Rentals Expose New Orleans’ Poor

“There’s no mystery about how the mosquitoes got into Shawanda Holmes’ former home. They flew through a gaping hole in the wall.”   

In case you missed it, USA Today took a look at the New Orleans rental market, and found that families in unregulated rentals and neglected neighborhoods may face the greatest dangers from the Zika virus.

Yet, leaving an unhealthy home isn’t always easy, especially for families that live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford the costs of a move, such as new security deposits.

The lack of healthy housing is getting local coverage, too, as renters face displacement in worsening conditions. That’s why we need you to let City Council know you care about the damaging effects of substandard housing.

Please take a moment to hear about the struggles that these parents face, then let our City leaders know you care.

They’re Trying To Force Anti-immigrant Laws on Us

Posted on 16. May, 2016 by in Actions, Blog

Outside interests affiliated with the Trump campaign are trying to re-write our local immigration rules. An anti-immigration bill, championed by Donald Trump advisor Chris Kobach, is nearing approval in the Louisiana Legislature. Please take a stand and say “no” to this attempt to meddle in local governance.

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Everyone Deserves a Healthy Home

Posted on 09. May, 2016 by in Actions


Rent in New Orleans continues to rise while the conditions of rental housing remain dismal. Estimates from the last American Housing Survey in 2011 show that as many as 49,000–roughly 78% of rental units–in New Orleans needed major repairs at some point in the previous year.

Enough is enough. New Orleans renters–especially families with young children–deserve better. We are a majority-renter city, and it’s time to create concrete policies to hold landlords accountable for making sure that the apartments they rent out meet basic standards of health and safety. Safe, healthy housing is too important to New Orleans families and culture-bearers to put on the back burner. Take a stand and tell your council-member that we’ve had enough of substandard housing in New Orleans.

We Can Win a Living Wage

Posted on 26. Apr, 2016 by in Actions, Blog


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.28.26 PMTomorrow, April 27th, the Louisiana Senate will vote on legislation that is essential to raising the minimum wage and increasing housing choice. Will you take action for Louisiana working families?

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You Helped Put The Brakes On Mass Incarceration

Posted on 15. Apr, 2016 by in Actions, Blog

We’d like to thank all of you to took action and let legislators know that banning people with felonies from receiving public benefits violates the Fair Housing Act and would lead to more recidivism. Your overwhelming response flooded legislators’ inboxes with emails.

A State House committee was scheduled to vote on HB 263 on Wednesday, but your immediate action helped to have it dropped from the committee’s agenda.

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Enough is Enough: Help Us Urge New Orleans Officials to Finally Address Unsafe Rental Housing

Posted on 13. Apr, 2016 by in Actions, Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Uncategorized

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Too many renters in New Orleans live in damaged, unhealthy, and unaffordable housing.
 While rents keep rising, the quality of rental housing has stayed the same and even gotten worse.

This Mother’s Day, we need to show New Orleans city leaders that enough is enough, and that our city’s renters–especially families with young children–deserve better.

With your help, we’ll post the billboard above by City Hall to coincide with a Mother’s Day housing campaign. Together, we’ll send the message that safe housing is too important to be put on the back burner.

New Orleans is a majority-renter city, and basic security and safety in housing should be a minimum standard for everyone, not a luxury reserved for only those who pay the highest rents.  Together, we can organize to demand concrete policies to ensure the health and safety of our homes and neighborhoods. Thanks for standing with us.

Click to Donate to this Campaign.


Families Deserve Living Wages and Equal Pay

Posted on 29. Mar, 2016 by in Actions

This week, the Louisiana Legislature will hear legislation that is essential to family economic security and fair housing choice. Many Louisiana families work hard but earn low wages that limit housing opportunities. In a state where ¼ of renters pay more than half their income towards rent and utilities, we cannot build our way out of the current housing crisis.

That’s why we’re asking you to support economic security and housing choice for Louisiana families. Currently, a parent working minimum wage at $7.25 per hour would have to work 69 hours per week in order to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent.

No one who works full time should be facing homelessness. That’s why we’re asking you to urge Louisiana lawmakers to stand with Louisiana workers to pass legislation that helps lift families out of poverty.

Big Business Give-aways or Investments in Working Families

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by in Actions

Last week the state legislature began a special session to fix the enormous hole in the state budget. As legislators struggle to save the state’s economy, it is imperative that they fix our budget with—not on the backs of—Louisiana’s hardworking families. Will you join us?

Among the problems with our state budget is that Louisiana gave away $200 million more in tax credits to big business last year than they took in through corporate income tax. Meanwhile, many Louisiana families work hard but earn low wages that limit housing opportunities. In a state where nearly one-third of renters and homeowners pay more than 30% of their income towards housing costs, we cannot build our way out of the current housing crisis.

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Tell Congress to Fund Fairness and Opportunity

Posted on 12. Feb, 2016 by in Actions, Blog

This week, President Obama released a budget that takes bold steps toward building fairness into our housing market and addressing the affordability crisis. If you believe a family’s zip code should not determine their life outcomes, then join us and sign your organization on to a letter asking Members of Congress to fund these vital programs.

The President’s budget advances equity and opportunity through a number of housing and community development programs. Join us in calling on our Louisiana delegation to: Read More…