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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.

New Orleans Substandard Rental Housing Crises Continues

Posted on 30. Jan, 2017 by in Education Media & Pubs, Participate (for sidebar), Reports, Uncategorized

New Orleans is a majority-renter city. Updated American Housing Survey (AHS) data released this month reveals that thousands of families continue to live in substandard rental housing. Despite slight improvements in housing quality, the 2015 AHS data reveals consistent housing trends since the last time AHS data was released in 2011. Housing quality is not keeping pace with recent dramatic increases in rent.

Read the full issue brief here

November 5: Run and Walk on Team Fair Housing in City Park

Posted on 07. Oct, 2016 by in Blog, Education Actions, Events, Participate (for sidebar), Uncategorized

Join GNOFHAC staff and friends as we walk and run for Fair Housing in the Crescent City Fall Classic 5k on Saturday, November 5!

GNOFHAC CCFC 2013

Team Fair Housing: Fall Classic 2013

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Stand with Fair Housing on GiveNOLA Day

Posted on 03. May, 2016 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Uncategorized

#FF0000 Raised $4,500 towards the $6,000 target.

Visit the Donation Station tonight between 4-7 to help us meet our goal!

Can’t make the event?  You can still join the movement by donating online here before midnight!

Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House: Second Edition and Spanish Translation Release Party

Posted on 20. Apr, 2016 by in Blog, Education News, Events, Participate (for sidebar)

Fair Housing Five book launch (2)On April 20, GNOFHAC will launch the second edition and Spanish translation of The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House. If you’re in New Orleans, please join us for the book launch party on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30 to 6:00 at the Children’s Resource Center!

GNOFHAC worked with parents, teachers, students, and New Orleans illustrator Sharika Mahdi Neville to develop The Fair Housing Five back in 2010.  The award-winning children’s book Read More…

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

GNOFHAC Billboard File Rev


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.

 

Practical Steps to End Poverty for Families in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Posted on 20. Jan, 2016 by in Education Media & Pubs, Participate (for sidebar), Reports, Uncategorized

The largest affordable housing program in New Orleans serves one-quarter of all renters, but leaves them segregated in farther-flung, high-poverty neighborhoods. With assistance from HUD, the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) has an invaluable opportunity to utilize new tools and provide real housing choice to voucher families.

 

Report: Criminal Background Policies Used as a Cover for Discrimination

Posted on 25. Sep, 2015 by in Education Media & Pubs, Participate (for sidebar), Reports, Uncategorized

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a new investigation revealing that New Orleans area housing providers treated prospective renters with criminal backgrounds differently based on the applicants’ race. The study, LOCKED OUT: Criminal Background Checks as a Tool for Discrimination, analyzes a testing investigation of 50 area housing providers, in which mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters inquired about rental availability and the apartment’s criminal background policy.  Of the 50 site-visit tests conducted, African American testers experienced discrimination 50% of the time.

Testing revealed that agents often provided inconsistent information about background policies, and that white prospective tenants were much more likely to be quoted more lenient policies.  Further, policies that were either discretionary—that evaluated prospective tenants on a “case by case” basis—or ambiguous favored white prospective tenants over African Americans 55% of the time.

Discrimination against African American testers took many forms:

  • Unequal application of discretionary policies
  • Preferential treatment and exceptions to standing policies for white tenants
  • Waiving criminal background check fees for white tenants
  • Waiving the criminal background check altogether for white tenants

Read the full report here.

 

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…

Louisiana’s Violence Against Women Act: Keep the Momentum Going!

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Uncategorized

How your support keeps survivors in their homes:

Woman$10 pays for Facebook advertising to reach more survivors with vital information about their housing rights.

$25 puts information about housing rights under SB 174 in five domestic violence shelters.

$50 covers an in-person investigation of a wrongful eviction of a survivor.

$100 sends housing advocates across the state so they can directly reach women who are protected by this law.

$250 pays for a mailing to send vital information to survivors about their rights under SB 174 before they need it. Read More…