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GNOFHAC & Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Produce 2009 HCVP Opportunity Maps

Posted on 26. Dec, 2009 by in 2009 News, Education Media & Pubs, News

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and mapping specialists at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University have created a series of maps that overlay Housing Authority of New Orleans’ (HANO) data showing the locations of Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) properties, on opportunity maps of Orleans Parish. The goal is to evaluate whether the HCVP program is achieving its goals of providing increased housing choice to low-income families, and economically integrating neighborhoods. Maps show that properties voluntarily listed by landlords on HANO’s HCVP property list are concentrated in low and very low opportunity areas of the city, and were presented at GNOFHAC’s December 11th event “Mapping Inequity – Visioning Change.”

12-26-09 Read the nola.com article “Vouchers Steer Poor to Troubled Areas” here

12-26-09
Download the maps and access additional information at www.gnofairhousing.org/opportunity

Fair Housing Center Urges Jefferson Parish Housing Authority to Reopen Section 8 Waiting List

Posted on 01. Dec, 2009 by in 2009 News, Actions, Enforcement Actions, News, Participate (for sidebar)

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) denounces the process by which the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority (JPHA) recently opened its Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP, or “Section 8”) waiting list. A notice posted on the JPHA website on November 23rd, 2009 invites Jefferson Parish residents to fill out a “pre-application” form online, or request the form by mail between November 23rd and November 30th, 2009. The online form was removed at the close of business on November 30th, and JPHA’s notice stated that mailed requests received after November 30th or hand-delivered “will not be processed.” GNOFHAC is disappointed that JPHA chose to open its waiting list for the first time in years over the Thanksgiving holiday, a week when Jefferson Parish residents have limited access to social service and advocacy agencies, as well as post offices and public facilities that offer internet access. Furthermore, GNOFHAC is concerned that JPHA advertised the opportunity to apply for its HCVP waiting list exclusively via its website, and the legal notices section of the Times-Picayune.

12-11-09 Read the New York Times editorial “What New Orleans Needs” here

12-14-09 Read the City Business article “Section 8 Snub” here

12-1-09 Read the press release here

Fair Housing Center Urges LRA Board to Recognize and Act on Critical Shortage of Affordable Housing in New Orleans

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by in 2009 News, Enforcement News, News

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) was recently made aware that the LRA Board will consider a proposal at their next meeting on House Speaker Jim Tucker’s resolutions to move up to $1 billion dollars of Community Development Block Grant funds away from programs that create much-needed affordable housing. GNOFHAC strongly urges the LRA Board to remain focused on addressing the urgent demand for affordable housing in New Orleans, and to ensure that the dedicated funds remain committed to creating housing. Repurposing the funds would significantly risk violating the state’s statutory duty to affirmatively further fair housing.

11-18-09 Read the press release here

FHAC Submits Comments to State Re: Assistance to Road Home Applicants with Contaminated Drywall

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by in 2009 News, Homeownership Protection News, News

GNOFHAC submitted comments to the state regarding its proposed action plan for Road Home applicants with contaminated Chinese drywall. The state responded that GNOFHAC “made a number of helpful recommendations that the state will take under consideration.”

11-13-09 Read GNOFHAC’s recommendations here

Fair Housing Center keeps pressure on St. Bernard Parish

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by in 2009 News, Enforcement News, News, St. Bernard Parish

While the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased with the St. Bernard Parish Council’s vote to overturn an ordinance that would put a multi-family ban on the ballot for a public vote, it will continue to closely monitor the parish for any actions that violate the Fair Housing Act. GNOFHAC is especially troubled by comments made by parish officials and quoted in the Times-Picayune that seem to disregard the authority of federal courts and civil rights laws. Kate Scott, Interim Co-Director of GNOFHAC, comments, “We hope this move on the part of Parish officials to rescind the vote to ban multi-family housing signals a newfound commitment to open housing in St. Bernard Parish. We stand firm in our commitment to our mission of furthering equal housing opportunity throughout the region.

11-19-09 NEW! Listen to the NPR story “Revived La. Parish Faces Fight Over Race” here

11-4-09 Download the press release here

11-4-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council backs off on vote on apartments” here

10-21-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council might remove apartment ban from November ballot” here

10-21-09 Read St. Bernard Parish’s notice to the court indicating that the Council introduced an ordinance that would rescind the multi-family housing ban here

St. Bernard Parish File Notice Indicating They May Rescind Ordinance

Posted on 21. Oct, 2009 by in 2009 News, News, St. Bernard Parish

On October 21, 2009, St. Bernard Parish filed a notice with the court stating that they have introduced an ordinance to rescind the 2009 multi-family housing ban challenged in GNOFHAC’s Motion for Contempt.

10-21-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council might remove apartment ban from November ballot” here

10-23-09 Read Jarvis DeBerry’s editorial “Parish backs down” here

10-21-09 Read St. Bernard Parish’s notice to the court indicating that the Council introduced an ordinance that would rescind the multi-family housing ban here

Fair Housing Center Files Fourth Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

Posted on 14. Oct, 2009 by in 2009 News, Enforcement News, News, St. Bernard Parish

On October 13, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a fourth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a Consent Order. On September 15, 2009, Parish officials passed an ordinance to hold a public vote on a moratorium on multi-family housing. The special election is set for November 14, 2009.

10-14-09 Download the press release here

10-14-09 Read the nola.com article “Fair housing group says St. Bernard Parish broke housing laws again” here

St. Bernard Parish Issues Provident Realty Advisors 4 Building Permits

Posted on 06. Oct, 2009 by in 2009 News, News, St. Bernard Parish

On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish finally approved the building permits Provident Realty Advisors needed to start construction on four mixed income housing developments long delayed by the illegal and discriminatory actions of St. Bernard Parish officials. Parish Council members approved issuing the permits during a special meeting.

On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish finally approved the building permits Provident Realty Advisors needed to start construction on four mixed income housing developments long delayed by the illegal and discriminatory actions of St. Bernard Parish officials. Parish Council members approved issuing the permits during a special meeting. The issuance of the permits comes as the result of multi-year litigation initiated by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) in 2006. So far, GNOFHAC has successfully challenged St. Bernardʼs two multi-family construction moratoria, and an ordinance that restricted the rental of single-family residences to those related by blood to the owner of the property. Provident joined as an intervenor in the case in 2008, when Parish officials took measures to block the developments, composed of affordable and market rate units, from moving
forward.

James Perry, Executive Director of GNOFHAC, comments, “We are pleased that Parish officials have finally allowed much needed, quality affordable housing development to proceed by issuing permits to Provident. We remain concerned with other actions that we believe to be discriminatory on the part of the Parish, but hope that the issuance of these permits signals a commitment to open housing that will guide future decisions around housing development in St. Bernard.”

10-6-09 Download the press release here

Fair Housing Center Pleased that Building Permits Issued; Hopeful that St. Bernard Parish Officials Won’t Block Further Attempts at Open Housing

Posted on 01. Oct, 2009 by in 2009 News, Enforcement News, News

On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish finally approved the building permits Provident Realty Advisors needed to start construction on four mixed income housing developments long delayed by the illegal and discriminatory actions of St. Bernard Parish officials. Parish Council members approved issuing the permits during a special meeting.

10-6-09 Download the press release here

10-4-09 Read the New York Times article “Housing Battle Reveals Post-Katrina Tensions” here

10-1-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish issues permits for mixed-income apartments” here

10-1-09 Read the Multifamily Executive.com article “New Orleans’ St. Bernard Parish Project Nears Approval” here

St. Bernard Parish Council Considers Ballot Referendum

Posted on 15. Sep, 2009 by in 2009 News, News, St. Bernard Parish

In September, 2009, St. Bernard Parish Council considered a ballot referendum that would fource any developer to seek voter approval in order to build large developments in the Parish.

9-5-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council housing plan drawing fire” here

9-9-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish in court again today for fair housing violations” here

9-9-09 Read the Nola.com article “Testimony wraps up in St. Bernard Parish fair housing case; ruling expected this week” here

9-15-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish may vote on apartment ban” here

9-15-09 Read the Fox8 article “Mixed income apartment issue on November ballot” here