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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.

Two Down, Four to Go: City Council Passes Policies to Slow Gentrification

Posted on 30. Oct, 2015 by in Blog, Policy Updates, Uncategorized

The New Orleans City Council made great strides in the past four months to pass two out of six policies to slow gentrification and protect long-term residents from displacement.

Still, there is far more to do as housing prices continue to rapidly increase. It will take a host of solutions to ensure the people who have made our city great for generations are not priced out.

Here are the four remaining ideas and the two that City Council already adopted.

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HANO’s Mazant-Royal property in the Bywater. Source: HANO

1. Make the best use of publicly owned properties in low-poverty neighborhoods.
With 3,000 city-owned lots up for auction and 233 HANO properties, we can do far more to hold some public land for affordable housing in quickly transitioning neighborhoods. Read More…

Six Ways to Slow Gentrification in New Orleans

Posted on 30. Jul, 2015 by in Blog, Policy Updates, Uncategorized

Housing prices are increasing rapidly, threatening to price out many long-term residents who have made this city great for generations.

Can New Orleans change course? Here are our ideas for six solutions. What are yours?

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HANO’s Mazant-Royal property in the Bywater. Source: HANO

1. Make the best use of publicly owned properties in low-poverty neighborhoods.
It’s time to be smart and targeted in how we use our remaining blighted lots. 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…

SB 174: A Historic Victory in Louisiana

Posted on 09. Jun, 2015 by in Blog, News, Policy Updates

Monika Gerhart-Hambrick (GNOFHAC), Beth Meeks (LCADV), Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome, Kim Sport (United Way), and Charmaine Caccioppi (United Way)

Monika Gerhart-Hambrick (GNOFHAC), Beth Meeks (LCADV), Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome, Kim Sport (United Way), and Charmaine Caccioppi (United Way)

This morning, thanks to supporters like you, the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill to protect victims of domestic violence from unnecessary evictions. I’m thrilled to report that the bill- the first of its kind in our state- is now on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law!
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Abused and Evicted

Posted on 04. May, 2015 by in Blog, Policy Updates

The client we profiled in an earlier blog post shared her gut-wrenching story of abuse and eviction in this week’s Gambit because she wants to ensure that other women don’t have to go through what she did. This happens every day in Louisiana, but state legislators have an opportunity to change that this session.

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A Brave Survivor

Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 by in Blog, Policy Updates

Being attacked by a loved one is a traumatic experience. To then have to decide between calling for help or risking eviction from your home is simply deplorable.

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A sneak peek of our 2015 state legislative priorities.

Posted on 07. Apr, 2015 by in Actions, Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Policy Updates

We’re committed to equal housing opportunity in Louisiana and it’s time again to make our case in Baton Rouge.

Our top priorities this year are: Read More…

The Prescription for Healthy Children Starts at Home

Posted on 19. Mar, 2015 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Policy Updates

According to a recent study by The Data Center, nearly 40% of New Orleans’ children live in poverty. While this statistic isn’t new to us, it stings every time we read it. It should also come as no surprise that the children who fall into that 39% are very likely to be living in substandard housing.

A safe home is the foundation for healthy growth and stability. Yet there are far too many toxic living spaces in this city, and it’s time that we address that problem wholeheartedly for the sake of our children’s futures.

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Council Heard Us Loud and Clear! Thank You!

Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by in Blog, Participate (for sidebar), Policy Updates

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On Wednesday, GNOFHAC joined tenants, landlords, and community leaders to urge City Council to improve the quality of rental homes in New Orleans. Individuals and organizations shared testimony that painted a horrific picture of the conditions far too many New Orleans residents are living in.

Many people also voiced support for a rental registry program, although an ordinance has not yet been proposed. The program, enacted in numerous cities nationwide, would affirmatively inspect rental properties to insure all rental homes meet basic health and safely standards. Read More…