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  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Over Discrimination Against Deaf Homeseekers
    July 14, 2014
    On Friday, July 11, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and one deaf plaintiff filed suit against Craig Tolbert, owner of NOLA Apartments, in federal court. The complaint alleges the company discriminated against deaf individuals seeking to rent apartments. Specifically, NOLA Apartments employees misrepresented the availability of housing and made discriminatory ...
  • Target ® Sponsors the Fair Housing Five!
    June 19, 2014
    Exciting news! GNOFHAC has received a grant from Target® to lead numerous Fair Housing Five workshops with any youth camp or organization across the greater New Orleans area this summer. With this generous grant, GNOFHAC will be able to distribute our original children’s book to the youth organizations and lead the workshops for free.  These workshops will involve ...
  • 2014 Legislative Session Wrap Up
    June 5, 2014
    The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped last week. GNOFHAC fought vigorously to pass legislation that would expand fair housing protections to the LGBT community and victims of domestic violence, enrolling the support of over 50 organizations statewide, dozens of legislators, and hundreds of individual supporters. Ultimately, too many Louisiana legislators bowed to hate ...
  • Louisiana House of Representatives Votes Against Victims of Domestic Violence
    May 29, 2014
    On Thursday, May 29, the Louisiana House of Representatives failed to pass Senate Bill 233 by a vote of 34-63.  SB233 would have provided housing protections to victims of domestic violence.   The bill passed unanimously through a Senate Committee, the Senate Floor, and a House Committee. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) joined ...
  • FAQ on Senate Bill 233
    May 22, 2014
    Q&A on SB233 Q: Does SB 233 create a liability for landlords that evict abusers? A: No. Q: What if the abuser is found to be innocent? A: Under SB 233, a perpetrator of domestic violence may lawfully be evicted from housing and barred from returning regardless of whether he has been charged with or convicted of crime relating ...
  • Support GNOFHAC on #GiveNOLA Day!
    April 29, 2014
    Tuesday May 6th: GNOFHAC Happy Hour and #GiveNOLA Day On Tuesday, May 6, GNOFHAC will participate in #GiveNOLA Day, a citywide, online day of giving where every dollar donated to local nonprofits will be maximized with additional funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It’s one day only, so make your donations online between midnight and ...
  • Fair Housing Center Expresses Concerns Over Possible Civil Rights Violation in Relation to St. George Incorporation
    April 24, 2014
    On Wednesday, representatives of the Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) publicly indicated for the first time that the organization, in partnership with national litigation partners, is studying the St. George incorporation effort regarding concerns that it may violate federal civil rights laws. FHAC Executive Director James Perry commented “A review of information about the impacts of ...
  • 2nd Annual GNOFHAC Crawfish Boil
    April 17, 2014
    Join GNOFHAC Thursday, April 24th at 5:30 pm as we close out Fair Housing Month with our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil. Family, friends, community members, and supporters are invited to join the Fair Housing Center’s staff and board at our offices, located at 404 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, for free crawfish and drinks while engaging ...
  • Largest Property Preservation Company in Nation Accused of Housing Discrimination
    April 8, 2014
    For Immediate Release April 8, 2014 Contact:   Kate Scott        kscott@gnofairhousing.org         (504)596-2100 Largest Property Preservation Company in Nation Accused of Housing Discrimination Safeguard Properties Accused of Racial Discrimination in Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes in Dayton, Toledo, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Memphis Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and three of ...
  • Fair Housing Month 2014 Educational Events
    April 2, 2014
    FAIR HOUSING CENTER COMMEMORATES FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2014 WITH SERIES OF FREE EVENTS On April 1, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced a series of events to occur throughout the month in commemoration of National Fair Housing Month. Each event is free and open to the public, and accessible to people ...
  • Urge Your Legislator to Support Expansion of the Louisiana Equal Housing Act
    March 27, 2014
    Everyone in Louisiana deserves a fair opportunity to find a place to call home. The Louisiana State Legislative session just started last week, and we’re committed to making sure that state laws promote equal housing opportunity! GNOFHAC is working with a broad coalition of partners to expand housing choice for all Louisiana residents. One crucial part ...
  • GNOFHAC Commentary Published in the ABA’s Journal For Affordable Housing And Community Development
    March 20, 2014
    Assistant Director Kate Scott and Development and Communications Coordinator Marlene Theberge discuss GNOFHAC’s work in Volume 22-2 of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law – click here for the full article.
  • GNOFHAC Joins in Complaint Against U.S. Bank
    March 14, 2014
    U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination Civil Rights Organizations Add Dallas, Hampton Roads, Va., New Haven and New Orleans and New Evidence in D.C. Area to Complaint against U.S. Bank WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil ...
  • At Large Candidates Take a Stand on Rental Housing Conditions
    February 19, 2014
    This year, GNOFHAC’s annual Fit for King event featured a forum with New Orleans City Council at-large candidates. The forum highlighted the need for policies to increase habitable, safe rental housing, with strong statements of leadership from candidates in both Divisions One and Two. According to Councilwoman Hedge-Morrell, incumbent for District D and candidate at-large in ...
  • Policy Analyst Position Open
    February 18, 2014
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center has an opening for a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will support the organization’s legislative and regulatory work at the local, state and federal levels on a variety of housing related and civil rights issues. The position requires strong analytic and writing abilities. Responsibilities include, but are not ...
  • Baton Rouge Community Revitalization Fund Application
    February 12, 2014
    In June 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development reached an historic conciliation agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The agreement resulted from a federal housing discrimination complaint originally filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), GNOFHAC, and 12 other fair housing organizations around the country. The complaint alleged that Wells Fargo-owned ...
  • Fair Housing Five Training in Pascagoula, Mississippi
    February 12, 2014
    On March 12, GNOFHAC staff are heading to Pascagoula, Mississippi to conduct 15 Fair Housing Five workshops for over 300 5th grade students of Trent Lott Academy! The workshops will use GNOFHAC’s original children’s book, the Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House, where students will learn about housing discrimination, the Civil Rights movement, and ...
  • Summer Law Clerk Job Announcement
    January 30, 2014
    Description: The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks dedicated, motivated, and talented law students for summer 2014 internships. About GNOFHAC: GNOFHAC is a private, non-profit civil rights organization that was established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area through education, investigation, and enforcement activities. GNOFHAC ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Federal Race Discrimination Suit on Eve of MLK Holiday
    January 20, 2014
    On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) settled a federal lawsuit against landlord Gerald Ditta. The suit alleged that Ditta violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern of systemic race discrimination in the rental of his Gretna, LA property.  As a result of the ...
  • Keynote Speaker Announced for Fit for King 2014: Ben Jealous
    December 30, 2013
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is pleased to announce they keynote speaker for the Fit for King 2014 Summit: Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Jealous will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life by exploring the question: “Are We Winning the Struggle ...
  • Baton Rouge Added to National Housing Discrimination Complaint Against U.S. Bank Over Discriminatory Upkeep of REO Properties
    October 15, 2013
    Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) joined the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and several other fair housing centers from across the country in announcing that they have amended a previously filed federal housing discrimination complaint against U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank National Bank Association (U.S. Bank) to include new evidence.  ...
  • News Conference Today (9/19) about Lower 9th Ward Rental Housing
    September 19, 2013
    Families, Elected Officials and Advocates Call on State to Support Lower 9th Ward Rental Housing- 8 years after Katrina, more than $100 billion allocated, but not one dollar spent to rebuild affordable rental housing in Lower 9th Ward Date: September 19, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM Location: Vacant lot behind 409 Andry St., New Orleans, LA (rain location: model ...
  • New Orleans residents will push leaders to improve rentals
    September 18, 2013
    Today, the New Orleans City Council will host a citywide meeting to hear from residents about reducing blight in New Orleans.  The special meeting of the City Council’s Housing and Human Needs Committee will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council chamber located at 1300 Perdido Street.  The Fair Housing Center, in concert with ...
  • New Orleans Fair Housing Center, National Fair Housing Alliance and Wells Fargo Announce Partnership To Rebuild Homeownership Opportunities in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and 18 other Cities
    June 6, 2013
    Ground-Breaking Fair Housing Agreement in Marketing and Maintenance of Foreclosed Properties WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 13 of its member organizations announced a partnership with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. that will provide funds in 19 cities to foster homeownership, assist with ...
  • Fair Housing Center announces $900,000 settlement agreement with St. Bernard Parish; pleased with settlement between United States and Parish
    May 10, 2013
    On Friday, May 10, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and nine (9) individual plaintiffs agreed to settle a federal lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish alleging that the permissive use permit (PUP) process adopted by the Parish in 2007 was racially discriminatory in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  As a ...
  • Fair Housing Center Commemorates Fair Housing Month 2013 with Free Educational Events
    April 1, 2013
    On April 1, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced a series of educational events to occur throughout the month in commemoration of National Fair Housing Month.  Each event is free and open to the public, though registration may be required.  For more details about GNOFHAC’s celebration of Fair Housing Month 2013, please ...
  • Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Baton Rouge Discrimination Case
    April 1, 2013
    Last week, the Honorable Judge James Brady, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, granted a motion for summary judgment in the caseOxford House, Inc., et al vs. City of Baton Rouge.  In his ruling, Judge Brady found that the City of Baton Rouge violated the Fair Housing Act and American with Disabilities Act by: Refusing ...
  • HANO Adopts More Inclusive Criminal Background Policy
    March 27, 2013
    Yesterday the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) adopted a new criminal background policy, which goes a long way to expand housing choice and provide safe, decent and affordable housing to the community it serves.  The criminal background policy is what HANO uses in order to decide how an individual’s criminal background affects their ability ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Keynote Speaker Lani Guinier for 6th Annual Fit for King Celebration
    January 3, 2013
    On January 3, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced that Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will serve as keynote speaker at the Center’s 6th Annual Fit for King Celebration on January 18, 2013.  Professor Guinier will address conference attendees during a keynote luncheon at ...
  • Homeless Shelter Opens Doors to Pregnant Women and Others
    December 4, 2012
    On December 3, 2012, at the urging of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), the New Orleans Mission agreed to implement a policy of non-discrimination.  The agreement ends a nearly yearlong process of negotiation over the Mission’s previous, longstanding policy of refusing shelter to women who are more than six months pregnant. ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Motion for Summary Judgment in Housing Discrimination Case Against St. Bernard Parish
    October 19, 2012
    On October 17, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Plaintiffs Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors, in a long running housing discrimination case against St. Bernard Parish.  The decision signals that the Plaintiffs won the case ...
  • Fair Housing Center Shares Ideas with White House
    September 18, 2012
    On September 13, Louisiana community leaders, advocates, and housing experts traveled to the Nation’s Capital to meet with White House officials about implementing the necessary solutions to the housing crisis that has enveloped Louisiana. American families continue to face a crisis in housing, with 2 million foreclosure filings this year, and millions more at risk. Over ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Prize in International Competition for Innovative Youth Programs
    June 14, 2012
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased to announce that its “Equal Opportunity Game” youth workshop has been selected as a winner of the Ashoka Changemakers “Activating Empathy” competition.  The purpose of the “Activating Empathy” competition is to identify innovative projects that build empathy and leadership skills in young people.  GNOFHAC’s ...
  • Fair Housing Center and U.S. Department of Justice File Suit Against St. Bernard Parish Over Racial Discrimination in Housing
    February 1, 2012
    On Tuesday, January 31, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) along with several individual St. Bernard Parish property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court against St. Bernard Parish alleging that the permissive use permit process (PUP process) adopted by the Parish in 2006 is racially discriminatory in violation of the Fair ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Over Sexual Harassment In Housing
    December 2, 2011
    On December 2, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and bona fide complainant “Jane Doe” filed suit against Ore Duckworth, a landlord in New Orleans, LA for discrimination on the basis of sex, including severe, pervasive and unwelcome sexual harassment, battery and assault.  The lawsuit stems from multiple incidents that occurred ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against Landlord Over Discrimination Against Latino Renters
    November 11, 2011
    On November 11, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit against Maureen Dowty, a landlord in Mandeville, Louisiana, for discrimination in the rental of housing on the basis of race and national origin. The lawsuit stems from tests conducted by GNOFHAC. During these tests, Dowty told GNOFHAC’s Latino tester that ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Fair Housing Center’s Motion To Hold St. Bernard Parish In Contempt
    October 19, 2011
    On October 17, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued an order holding St. Bernard Parish and the Parish Council in contempt for violating the terms of a 2008 Consent Order, which among other things enjoins them from violating the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs GNOFHAC and Provident Realty Advisors, Inc. ...
  • Landlord Agrees to Pay $ 70,000 to Settle Race Discrimination Lawsuit
    August 30, 2011
    New Orleans landlords Betty Bouchon, the Bouchon Limited Family Partnership and Sapphire Corp., have agreed to pay $70,000 in damages and civil penalties to settle a lawsuit alleging they unlawfully denied housing to African-American prospective renters at a 16-unit apartment building located in New Orleans. In December 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center(GNOFHAC) ...
  • State Amends Problematic Hurricane Relief Program
    July 7, 2011
    CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS SETTLE HURRICANE KATRINA HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST HUD AND LOUISIANA – STATE AMENDS PROBLEMATIC HURRICANE RELIEF PROGRAM Today, African-American homeowners and two civil rights organizations announced a settlement in a post-Hurricane Katrina housing discrimination lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana regarding the ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Issues Building Permits
    July 6, 2011
    After defying a federal judge’s order for more than two weeks and garnering $40,000 in fines, St. Bernard Parish today issued building permits for three of four contentious mixed-income apartment construction sites in Chalmette. 7-6-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Issues Contentious Apartment Building Permits” here 7-8-11 Read the nola.com editorial “St. Bernard Parish ...
  • Judge Partially Grants Another Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    June 30, 2011
    On June 30, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order, partially granting the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) latest emergency motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. The order also requires the Parish to issue permits for Provident Realty Advisors’ sites Woodlands, Parc Place, and Magnolia by 3pm on July ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Another Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    June 22, 2011
    On June 22, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed an emergency motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. The motion “requests that the Court issue an immediate order enforcing its June 20, 2011 Order; ordering Defendants to immediately provide water taps and authorize the release of electricity; holding Defendants in ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Relief In Part, Requires Parish to Provide Essential Utilities to Developer
    June 20, 2011
    On June 20, 2011, Federal Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order partially granting the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors latest motion to hold St. Bernard Parish in contempt of court.  The order requires St. Bernard Parish to allow Entergy to release electricity to developer Provident Realty Advisors’ sites, ...
  • Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order in Baton Rouge Disability Discrimination Case
    June 10, 2011
    On June 10, 2011, the Honorable Judge James Brady, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the City of Baton Rouge from enforcing its “two (2) unrelated persons residing in an A-I zone” rule against two Oxford House, Inc. homes.  Additionally, until a hearing is held, the City ...
  • Fair Housing Center Receives Prestigious Award for Contribution to Fair Housing Movement
    June 6, 2011
    On June 6, 2011 the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) awarded the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) its prestigious Chairman’s Award for GNOFHAC’s contribution to the Fair Housing Movement. NFHA Board Chair Jim McCarthy presented the award to GNOFHAC staff before an assembled audience of fair housing advocates from around the country ...
  • Resistance to Mixed Income Housing in St. Bernard Parish Still Driven by Racial Discrimination
    June 6, 2011
    On June 6, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued another order in the legal battle between the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC)/Provident Realty Advisors and St. Bernard Parish.  In her order, Judge Berrigan denies St. Bernard’s motion for the court to issue a cease and desist order and sets a timeline ...
  • Tell HUD & The State of Louisiana to Fix the Discriminatory Road Home Program!
    May 20, 2011
    In 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a lawsuit against the State of Louisiana and HUD because the design of the Road Home program, the program designed to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina, is inherently racially discriminatory. A few weeks ago GNOFHAC was engaged in promising settlement talks with ...
  • Protect the Future of Affordable Housing in Louisiana
    May 11, 2011
    Governor Jindal is proposing the dismantling of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA). House Bill 590 and Senate Bill 249 by Rep. Thomas Carmody and Senator Neil Riser seeks to dismantle LHFA. The bills claim to work towards streamlining government by combining housing programs. Sign the petition to protect LHFA and the future of affordable ...
  • Strategies To Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans
    April 27, 2011
    On April 27, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and national partner the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) released a handbook entitled “Strategies to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Beyond” to address impediments to fair housing in New ...
  • Taffaro Issues Cease and Desist Order in Response to State Court Ruling, then Rescinds Rather than Face Stiff Fines from Federal Judge
    April 8, 2011
    On April 8, 2011, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro ordered work stopped on the four mixed-income apartment complexes being built by Provident Realty Advisors in Chalmette because they don’t have proper parish permits. But U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan quickly ordered him to rescind the order or face contempt-of-court fines beginning today at 5 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against the Housing Authority of the City of Bossier Over Sexual Harassment
    April 7, 2011
    On April 7, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the City of Bossier City Housing Authority. Complainants GNOFHAC and Shameka Banks allege that the Housing Authority violated the fair housing rights of Ms. Banks by ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Two Familial Status Housing Discrimination Cases for $ 49,500
    March 24, 2011
    This week, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) entered into conciliation agreements with two rental-housing companies in the New Orleans area that discriminated on the basis of family status (whether or not there are children under the age of 18 living in a household). Under the conciliation agreements Lexi Properties, LLC and NOLA ...
  • Fair Housing Center Launches Campaign to Counteract Discriminatory Actions of St. Bernard Parish
    March 23, 2011
    On March 23, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) launched a new campaign to counteract the racially discriminatory housing practices of St. Bernard Parish. The “Enough is Enough St. Bernard” campaign seeks to encourage both residents and non-residents of St. Bernard Parish to tell St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against St. Bernard Parish; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order
    March 3, 2011
    On March 3, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed in federal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against St. Bernard Parish. GNOFHAC requested in its motion that St. Bernard Parish be enjoined from issuing any cease and desist orders or other orders intended to stop work on, or ...
  • Federal Judge Extends Consent Decree in St. Bernard Case; Parish moves to Rescind Discriminatory Ordinances
    February 28, 2011
    On February 28, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order to extend the Consent Order in the case of Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, et al vs. St. Bernard Parish, et al until December 31, 2011.  Plaintiffs asked for an extension of the Consent Order in a February 24, 2011 status ...
  • St. Bernard Halts Work on Apartments; Taffaro Says Site May Have Wetlands
    February 23, 2011
    St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday morning, stopping construction of four mixed-income apartment complexes in Chalmette that have been at the center of a long legal battle between the parish and fair housing advocates. Taffaro said he issued the order Tuesday morning over concerns that part of the land being ...
  • Fair Housing Center Client Featured in Louisiana Weekly Article
    February 21, 2011
    On February 21, Glenneice Davenport, a client of GNOFHAC’s Homeownership Protection Project (HOP), was featured in the Lousiana Weekly. Entitled “Stealing the American Dream of homeownership,” the article focuses on homeowners who were caught in predatory loan situations after Katrina. 2-21-11 Read the article here.
  • Fair Housing Center Files Fifth Motion For Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    January 14, 2011
    On January 14, 2011 the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors filed a fifth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a February 2008 Consent Order. In December 2010, Congress extended the placed in service dates for the tax credits that Provident ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Fourth Annual Fit for King Celebration
    January 5, 2011
    On January 14th, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will host the fourth annual Fit For a King fair housing summit in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. GNOFHAC invites New Orleanians committed to civil rights and social justice to attend. This year’s theme is “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing ...
  • HUD Files a Complaint Against St. Bernard Parish; St. Bernard Repeals Zoning Laws
    January 2, 2011
    HUD files a complaint against St. Bernard Parish. 1-29-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Multi-Family Housing Battle Opens New Front” here 2-2-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Council poised to give up fight over mixed-income apartments” here 2-13-11 Read Jarvis DeBerry’s column “Don’t give the bigots a reason to gloat” here 2-7-11 Read the nola.com ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against Landlord Over Blatant Racial Housing Discrimination
    December 17, 2010
    On December 17, 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit against the Bouchon Family Limited Partnership and Betty Bouchon.  The lawsuit stems from two unrelated complaints of discrimination by housing consumers.  Both complained that Ms. Bouchon was using race to discriminate against renters at a sixteen (16) unit housing complex ...
  • Fair Housing Center Releases New Book For Children; The Fair Housing Five
    December 11, 2010
    On December 11th, 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) officially released its new book for children, The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House.  The book explores the issue of fair housing through the eyes of a young girl and her friends who take a stand when they discover that a ...
  • Action Alert: Tell HUD Secetary Donovan To Fix Discrimination In Road Home Program Today!
    September 25, 2010
    Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging “the State of Louisiana immediately to take appropriate actions to implement the U.S. District Court ruling” issued by the honorable Judge Kennedy in August regarding the discrimination inherent to Louisiana’s Road Home Program.  We’ve sent a copy of the resolution to the state ...
  • Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction In Fair Housing Center’s Road Home Case
    September 22, 2010
    On Thursday, September 22, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an injunction protecting remaining funds from the Road Home Program.  The injunction prevents then State from expending funds while the plaintiffs put on evidence that the formula used by Louisiana and HUD has had a discriminatory effect.  The ...
  • GNOFHAC Director Comments on Iberville Redevelopment
    August 27, 2010
    “With little fanfare or public conversation, the Housing Authority of New Orleans has begun the redevelopment process of the city’s last major pre-Katrina public housing complex — the Iberville development… Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Executive Director James Perry said that he did not know of any public outreach done about the redevelopment. ‘I’ve heard ...
  • Federal Judge Rules that Road Home Program is Likely Discriminatory; New Orleans City Council Adopts Resolution Urging State to Take Appropriate Action
    August 16, 2010
    Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging “the State of Louisiana immediately to take appropriate actions to implement the U.S. District Court ruling” issued by the honorable Judge Kennedy in August regarding the discrimination inherent to Louisiana’s Road Home Program. GNOFHAC sent a copy of the resolution to the ...
  • Fair Housing Executive Director Urges Congress To Address Government Sponsored Housing Discrimination In Gulf Region
    July 29, 2010
    On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) Executive Director James Perry testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  Perry reported that in the Gulf Coast region since Katrina, “the most egregious cases of discrimination have been perpetuated by government actors entrusted to serve ...
  • Tell Congress To Reauthorize The National Flood Insurance Program!
    June 28, 2010
    Fourteen days into the 2010 hurricane season, Congress has yet to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which lapsed on May 31, 2010.  This means that the NFIP no longer has the authority to issue new policies, increase coverage on existing policies, or issue renewal policies. Affected property owners could include those who need ...
  • Anti-Immigrant House Bill 1205 Likely Violates The Federal Fair Housing Act
    April 20, 2010
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) opposes House Bill 1205, “Louisiana Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2010,” because it is likely a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.  The bill will increase racial profiling and discrimination on the basis of national origin in the state of Louisiana.  Please call Representative ...
  • GNOFHAC & Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Produce 2009 HCVP Opportunity Maps
    December 26, 2009
    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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Urges Jefferson Parish Housing Authority to Reopen Section 8 Waiting List
    December 1, 2009
    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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Urges LRA Board to Recognize and Act on Critical Shortage of Affordable Housing in New Orleans
    November 18, 2009
    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 ...
  • FHAC Submits Comments to State Re: Assistance to Road Home Applicants with Contaminated Drywall
    November 13, 2009
    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
    November 4, 2009
    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 ...
  • St. Bernard Parish File Notice Indicating They May Rescind Ordinance
    October 21, 2009
    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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Fourth Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    October 14, 2009
    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 ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Issues Provident Realty Advisors 4 Building Permits
    October 6, 2009
    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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Pleased that Building Permits Issued; Hopeful that St. Bernard Parish Officials Won’t Block Further Attempts at Open Housing
    October 1, 2009
    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 ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Council Considers Ballot Referendum
    September 15, 2009
    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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Partially Granted Third Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    September 11, 2009
    On September 11, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan generally granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors’ third motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. Judge Berrigan enjoins the Parish from “interfering or withholding approval of Provident’s re-subdivision applications,” deems Provident’s re-subdivision applications approved, sets forth ...
  • Fair Housing Center Voices Grave Concerns about HANO’s Section 8 Wait List
    September 2, 2009
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) has grave concerns about the process by which the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) is opening its Housing Choice Voucher (“Section 8”) wait list. The wait list is available for application from September 6 to 12, 2009. This is the first time the ...
  • The Metro New Orleans Homeownership Preservation Coalition Announces Homeownership Preservation Fair
    September 1, 2009
    The Metro New Orleans Homeownership Preservation Coalition will hold a Homeownership Preservation Fair to provide help to homeowners experiencing difficulties making their mortgage payments. The Fair is free and open to the public and will be held: Saturday, September 19, 2009 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Benjamin Franklin High School 2001 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans The national foreclosure ...
  • GNOFHAC audit reveals 82% rate of discrimination against Housing Choice Voucher holders
    August 20, 2009
    On Thursday, August 20, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released its report Housing Choice In Crisis: An Audit Report on Discrimination Against Housing Choice Voucher Holders in the Greater New Orleans Rental Market. Through testing, or “mystery shopping” for housing, GNOFHAC found that landlords outright refused to accept vouchers ...
  • Fair Housing Center Granted Second Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
    August 17, 2009
    On August 17, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors’ second motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. Judge Berrigan writes that by “subverting the re-subdivision process” to prevent Provident Realty Advisors from moving forward on construction of four multi-family housing ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Motion for Contempt; St. Bernard Parish Must Pay Fees, Costs and Damages
    July 23, 2009
    On March 25, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan ruled that St. Bernard Parish violated a February 2008 Consent Order by banning the construction of multi-family housing in St. Bernard Parish. On July 22, 2009, Judge Berrigan held that by violating the Consent Order, the Parish was in contempt of the Order and that ...
  • Fair Housing Action Center Releases Results of Housing Accessibility Study; Non-Compliance with Fair Housing Act a Problem for Newly Developed Housing
    May 21, 2009
    On Thursday, May 21, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) revealed the results of its recent investigation into housing accessibility discrimination against people with disabilities in the New Orleans area, including Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes. The investigation is the first to be conducted in the area since Hurricane Katrina. ...
  • Fair Housing Center Schedules Press Conference to Announce Results of Accessibility Audit
    May 20, 2009
    On May 21, 2009, at 10:30am, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will hold a press conference in the 2nd floor conference room of 1010 Common Street to release the results of its most recent audit, Access Denied: An Audit of Housing Accessibility for People with Physical Disabilities in the Greater New ...
  • Lower 9th Ward Community Center & Fair Housing Center Hold Resource Fair
    May 1, 2009
    On Saturday, May 16th from 1-4 PM the Lower 9th Ward Village and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will hold the “Where’s Your Neighbor” Community Resource Fair at the Lower 9th Ward Village – 1001 Charbonnet St. The fair will feature food, music and tabling by organizations that provide services to ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Upcoming Fair Housing Month Activities
    April 15, 2009
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased to announce several upcoming events in honor of the 41st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act. All Fair Housing Month events are free and open to the public. • KNOW YOUR HOUSING RIGHTS! – FAIR HOUSING TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Tuesday, April 21st – ...
  • Local Filmmakers Win Award for Short Film on the Demolition of Public Housing
    April 1, 2009
    This past weekend, “St. Joe”, an experimental short on the demolition of public housing by local filmmaker Luisa Dantas, was awarded the prize of “Best Short” by the Patois: 6th Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival jury! “St. Joe” is also just a small part of an ongoing multi-platform documentary project. More at ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish; Parish Must Rescind Moratorium
    March 25, 2009
    On March 25, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) motion seeking enforcement of a Consent Order entered on February 7, 2008 in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District ...
  • GNOFHAC Attorney Quoted in Article on NIMBY-ism in New Orleans East
    March 25, 2009
    “An affordable housing proposal that has produced vehement opposition from residents of the upscale Lake Carmel subdivision in eastern New Orleans resulted in a 4-4 vote at a City Planning Commission meeting this week. … Lucia Blacksher, an attorney for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, said the city has a dire need ...
  • GNOFHAC Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish Goes to Court
    March 11, 2009
    Testimony began on March 11, 2009 in lawsuit challenging St. Bernard Parish multi-family housing moratorium. 3-11-09 Read the Times Picayune press coverage here 3-13-09 Read the Times PIcayune article “Housing dispute in the hands of judge” here
  • Fair Housing Center Calls on Governor Jindal to Accept All Stimulus Package Funds
    February 26, 2009
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said that he will not accept all of the funding set aside for Louisiana in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that President Obama recently signed into law. Please contact Gov. Jindal today and demand that he accept all of the nearly $4 billion dedicated to Louisiana! ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Schedule of 2009 Fit for King Celebration
    January 7, 2009
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased to announce details regarding its annual Fit For a King Celebration. • On January 14th, 2009, there will be an Advocates Training at the UNO Lindy Boggs Conference Center from 9am to 4pm featuring keynote speaker and Princeton Professor of Politics and African American Studies ...
  • Fair Housing Center Seeks Repeal of St. Bernard Multi-Family Moratorium
    December 18, 2008
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a motion today seeking enforcement of a Consent Order entered on February 27, 2008, in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. GNOFHAC’s motion alleges that St. ...
  • Fair Housing and Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit in Post-Katrina Housing Discrimination Case
    November 12, 2008
    Washington, DC and New Orleans, LA (November 12, 2008) Today civil rights and fair housing groups filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the Louisiana Recovery Authority. The suit alleges that the Road Home, Louisiana’s Hurricane Katrina recovery program, discriminates against African-American homeowners in New Orleans. The Road Home, ...
  • Fair Housing Center Offers One-Time Rental Assistance to Prevent Eviction
    November 10, 2008
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is offering mini- grants to approximately 20 families in the New Orleans area that are experiencing financial difficulties related to the Hurricane Gustav evacuation and that are facing eviction. Families making up to 60% of area media income and facing eviction may receive up to $250 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Offers Assistance to Gustav and Ike-Affected Homeowners
    September 15, 2008
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) has expanded its Hurricane Relief Project to assist homeowners affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The Hurricane Relief Project provides counseling to homeowners with issues related to insurance claims, mortgages, SBA loans, contractors, disaster recovery programs, and the Road Home Program. Homeownership Specialists are available now ...
  • FHAC Director to Address Democratic Convention at Denver Roundtable
    August 25, 2008
    On Tuesday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. PST in Denver, Colorado, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) Executive Director James Perry will address Democratic National Convention attendees. Perry will discuss the need for the federal government to recommit itself to Gulf Coast recovery. The roundtable will be moderated by Ted Koppel, former Nightline ...
  • Executive Director James Perry Testifies Before Civil Rights Commission
    July 31, 2008
    On July 31, 2008 James Perry testified before the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity organized by the National Fair Housing Alliance, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Commission has scheduled hearings in 5 cities and will present ...
  • Governor Vetoes Abramson Appropriation for Unity of Greater New Orleans
    July 14, 2008
    On July 14 the office of Neil Abramson, State Representative from District 98, released a statement concerning Governor Jindal’s veto iof Abramson’s appropriation request of $50,000 to go to UNITY of Greater New Orleans, an organization that provides services, emergency shelter, and permanent housing to New Orleans’ homeless population. Recently UNITY has been instrumental in ...
  • GNOFHAC Secures Attorneys Fees from St. Bernard Parish
    July 2, 2008
    St. Bernard Parish must pay $123,771.92 in fees and costs to attorneys representing the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and an individual plaintiff pursuant to a court order issued in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. The fees ...
  • Action Alert: Proposed Legislation Violates the Fair Housing Act by Making it Illegal to House or Shelter Undocumented Immigrants
    May 20, 2008
    The Louisiana state legislature is considering several pieces of legislation that complicate things for undocumented immigrants. While all of the bills are troublesome, two stand out in the housing front. House bills 1357 and 1365 seek to make it illegal to house or shelter undocumented immigrants. If passed, the bill would facilitate illegal ...
  • GNOFHAC Homeownership Counselor Testifies Before State Senate Committee
    May 8, 2008
    The LA Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs unanimously approved SB 740, the Road Home Bill of Rights, sponsored by Senator Derrick Shepherd today. GNOFHAC Hurricane Relief Specialist, Seth Weingart, testified in support of the bill, as did Melanie Ehrlich of CHAT. 5-8-08: Read Seth Weingart’s testimony here.
  • GNOFHAC Executive Director Testifies Before US Congress About Gulf Coast Recovery and the CDBG Program
    May 6, 2008
    On Thursday, May 8, 2008, GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry testified before the House Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development about the role of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast after the 2005 hurricanes and the extent to which local and state governments ...
  • GNOFHAC and NPN Host Documentary Screening and Discussion “Art, Gentrification & Community Power”
    April 9, 2008
    In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and the Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) present “Art, Gentrification, and Community Power” on April 17th from 6-9pm in the lobby of the Capital One Building at 313 Carondelet Street. The event will feature ...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Rental Ordinance
    April 9, 2008
    A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting St. Bernard Parish from enforcing an ordinance requiring special permits to rent out houses that weren’t rentals before Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance’s order bars the parish from evicting dozens of tenants by shutting off utilities at homes rented by a group ...
  • Action Alert: Kenner’s Ban on Multi-Family Housing Has Discriminatory Effect
    April 4, 2008
    In April, the City of Kenner passed a ban on the construction of multi-family housing. Census data demonstrates that Latinos, African-Americans, families with children and people with disabilities rely most heavily on muli-family rental housing. The reliance stems from the fact that multi-family housing is more likely to be affordable. Plus, for people with physical ...
  • Lawsuit Challenges St. Bernard Permissive Use Ordinance
    March 23, 2008
    A group of out-of-state investors who bought and renovated 80 flood-damaged homes in St. Bernard Parish has filed a lawsuit to overturn a parish ordinance requiring special permits to rent the homes. 3-23-08 Read the Time Picayune article “Lawsuit seeks to evict rent rules” here
  • GNOFHAC Settles Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish
    February 28, 2008
    On February 28, 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center announced the settlement of its lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish regarding a discriminatory local ordinance. St. Bernard Parish has agreed to pay a $32,500 settlement over a 2006 ordinance, since repealed, that restricted the rental of a home to blood relatives of the ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Contempt Motion Against HANO
    November 1, 2007
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a Motion to Enforce a Consent Decree and for Contempt Sanctions today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Orleans against the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), now under the receivership of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ...
  • FHAC Receives $275,000 Enforcement Grant from U.S. Department of HUD to Further Equal Housing Opportunity
    October 25, 2007
    On October 25, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Melrose Room at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Kim Kendrick presented the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) with a grant for the maximum amount allotted under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP): $275,000. The grant will allow GNOFHAC ...
  • FHAC Director Testifies Before US Senate re: SB 1668
    September 25, 2007
    Download GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry’s Senate testimony here.
  • GNOFHAC Settles HANO/HRI River Garden Lawsuit
    July 9, 2007
    Dasha Corner and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (“FHAC”), represented by the Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic, announce today that a lawsuit filed in December 2006 in federal court against the Housing Authority of New Orleans and LGD Rental 1, LLC (“HRI/River Garden”), owner of River Garden Apartments, formerly the St. Thomas public ...
  • Fair Housing Center Opposes Louisiana House Bill 223
    May 14, 2007
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) strongly opposes House Bill 223. If passed, the Bill’s effect would be to limit affordable rental housing opportunities across Louisiana. The Bill has the potential to stymie attempts to provide housing opportunities for people with disabilities, the elderly and minorities. GNOFHAC calls on all citizens and advocates to contact Louisiana legislators and ...
  • Audit Report Reveals Race Discrimination in New Orleans Rental Housing
    April 24, 2007
    On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) revealed the results of its recent investigation into race based rental discrimination in the New Orleans area, including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany Parishes.  The investigation showed that 57.5% of landlords discriminated against African American testers searching for rental ...
  • FHAC Celebrates 39th Anniversary of Fair Housing Act
    April 17, 2007
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center encourages members of the public and housing industry professionals to attend either of the following events to increase knowledge about housing rights: Know Your Housing Rights Training: It’s difficult to obtain housing in post-Katrina New Orleans. It’s a lot easier though, if you are informed of your rights. At the Know Your Housing Rights ...
  • FHAC Director Testifies Before Congress re: Post Katrina Discrimination
    February 6, 2007
    On February 6, 2007 , James Perry, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will testified before the House Committee on Financial Services in Washington, D.C. The subject of his testimony was the nature of housing discrimination on the Gulf Coast post-Katrina and the affordable housing shortage that the city of New Orleans is currently facing. Specifically, ...
  • GNOFHAC Holds Housing Accessibility Training
    January 3, 2007
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) presents a free one-day Housing Accessibility training program. The event, slated for January 17, 2007, will take place at the Ashe Cultural Art Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) in New Orleans from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attending architects will receive up to six continuing education credits. The event’s purpose ...
  • GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry Honored with Prestigious Lawyer’s Committee Award
    December 11, 2006
    On December 11, 2006, Executive Director James Perry of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will receive the Frank R. Parker Client Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. The award will be presented to Mr. Perry at the Lawyers’ Committee’s Annual Award Reception, to be held in New York City. The Lawyers’ Committee ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Lawsuit Against the Housing Authority of New Orleans and River Garden Apartments
    December 4, 2006
    Dasha Corner and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a lawsuit Monday, December 4, 2006 against the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) and LGD Rental 1, LLC, doing business as River Garden Apartments (River Garden), in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. (Civil Action No. 06-10751). The lawsuit alleges that ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Agrees to Halt Enforcement of Discriminatory Ordinance
    November 13, 2006
    On November 13, 2006, St. Bernard Parish agreed to suspend enforcement of a September 2006 ordinance barring single-family homeowners from renting to anyone except blood relatives without the special permission of the Parish Council. The agreement comes on the heels of the filing of a motion for preliminary injunction last week by the Greater New ...
  • Fair Housing Center Opposes Jefferson Parish Resolution; Cites Potential Discriminatory Effects
    October 20, 2006
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) opposes a resolution passed by the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday October 18, 2006. The resolution encourages the State to reject applications for tax credits to build apartment complexes and single family homes in Terrytown and Gretna. The resolution will likely discourage developers from ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against St. Bernard Parish
    October 3, 2006
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit this morning against St. Bernard Parish in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The suit prays for a permanent injunction restraining St. Bernard Parish from enforcing its single-family and blood-relative ordinances. GNOFHAC will host a news conference at 1:00 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Calls on St. Bernard Parish to Repeal Discriminatory Ordinance; Ordinance May Ban Non-White Renters
    September 22, 2006
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) calls on St. Bernard Parish to repeal a discriminatory ordinance recently passed by the Parish Council. According to the St. Bernard Parish website, “Except with a special permit, owners who weren’t previously renting out a single-family residence in R-1 zones will now be prohibited from ...
  • Local Fair Housing Center Receives $275,000 Enforcement Grant from U.S. Department of HUD to Further Equal Housing Opportunity
    September 22, 2006
    On September 21, 2006 the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) received notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that the organization will be funded at the maximum amount allotted under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP)- $275,000. The grant will allow GNOFHAC staff to continue enforcing the federal Fair ...
  • Fair Housing Center Marks Katrina Anniversary with the Release of Anti-Discrimination Campaign
    August 28, 2006
    In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) unveils a new fair housing advertising campaign. The campaign features one print public service announcement (PSA), one 30-second television PSA, and one 30-second radio PSA, each of which can be downloaded at www.gnofairhousing.org. The campaign, created, produced and ...
  • Fair Housing Center Launches Hurricane Relief Project to Assist Homeowners with Mortgage and INsurance Issues
    May 23, 2006
    Louisiana homeowners now have a new source of assistance to help resolve their mortgage difficulties and obtain equitable settlements on their hurricane related insurance claims. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), working with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has launched the Hurricane Relief Project (The Project) to advocate on behalf of Hurricane ...
  • Fair Housing Director Testifies Before Congress About Discriminatory Internet Ads
    February 28, 2006
    On February 28, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. eastern time, James Perry, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will testify before the House of Representatives Subcommittee for Housing and Equal Opportunity in Washington D.C.  Perry’s appearance was requested by Republican Chairman Bob Ney and ranking Democratic Member, Maxine Waters as ...
  • Fair Housing Center to File Discrimination Complaint Against Katrina Housing Websites
    December 23, 2005
    On December 23, 2005, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Relman and Associates Law firm, will file administrative complaints against katrinahousing.org, katrinahome.com, dhronline.org and nolahousing.org. The complaint alleges that each of the web sites has published discriminatory housing advertisements stating clear ...
  • Judge Grants Restraining Order in Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Denham Springs
    December 13, 2005
    On December 12, 2005, Judge Tyson granted a temporary restraining order against the City of Denham Springs. The order restrains and enjoins the City of Denham Springs from seeking to stop Options Foundation, Inc. (Options) from continuing to operate its group home in the City. The Judge further set the case for trial on December ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Settlement of Sales Discrimination Complaint
    December 13, 2005
    On Monday, December 13, 2005, an African American couple settled a housing discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The settlement provided plaintiffs monetary relief in the amount of $15,000. The couple alleged in their complaint that they saw a home in Meraux, Louisiana listed for sale in the Times ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Federal Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Denham Springs
    December 12, 2005
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Options Foundation, Inc. (Options), against the City of Denham Springs in Federal Court. The suit alleges that the City’s refusal to allow use of a property as a residence for individuals with mental illness violates the requirements of ...
  • Fair Housing Center Hosts Public Forum on Race and Rebuilding
    December 1, 2005
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), along with the African American Forum on Race and Regionalism, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and the Structural Racism Caucus are hosting a public forum on the role of race in ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Discrimination Complaint Against Housing Authority of New Orleans
    November 16, 2005
    On November 16, 2005, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a housing discrimination complaint against the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO). The complaint, filed with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, accuses HANO of violating a 2003 enforcement agreement entered into between former St. Thomas Housing Development ...
  • Fair Housing Center Opposes HB 88, Urges Amendment; Bill Might Erase Rental Housing for Evacuees
    November 10, 2005
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), opposes House Bill 88, and urges the bill be amended. The Bill has the potential to give landlords carte blanche to evict tenants and destroy or keep their belongings without due process. Tenants who have already been displaced from their homes and communities will also lose ...
  • Fair Housing Center Presents Housing Accessibility Training
    November 8, 2005
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), in partnership with the LSU Human Development Center (LSU-HDC), presents a free one-day Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST training program. The event, slated for November 18, 2005 will take place at the Louisiana Municipal Building (700 North 10th St.) in Baton Rouge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Set to Open in Baton Rouge
    October 11, 2005
    As a result of a generous donation by Ameriquest Mortgage, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will temporarily relocate its office to 7868 Anselmo Lane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The move comes on the heels of complaints and reports of discrimination against New Orleans evacuees seeking housing. Victims of discrimination should contact GNOFHAC ...
  • Fair Housing Center Joins Jefferson Parish in Celebrating Fair Housing Month
    April 12, 2005
    Jefferson Parish officials join the Fair Housing Action Center in celebrating fair housing month by proclaiming April, fair housing month. Jefferson Parish Council President, Aaron Broussard, and Councilman Bryan Lee will present the Proclamation to the Fair Housing Action Center, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Louisiana State University XXXXX. ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Metairie Landlord
    April 12, 2005
    On April 12, 2005, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. (“GNOFHAC”) and an individual plaintiff settled a discrimination lawsuit against a Metairie landlord. The lawsuit, filed in December of 2002, settled for both monetary relief in the amount of $9,000 and affirmative relief ensuring that the landlord will not engage in future ...
  • Fair Housing Center Releases Bourbon Street Discrimination Audit
    April 4, 2005
    On Wednesday, April 13, the Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC), along with the New Orleans Human Relations Commission, will release the results of an investigation into discriminatory practices by Bourbon Street nightclubs and bars. FHAC paired Black and White testers, and sent them to 28 Bourbon Street nightclubs and bars within minutes of one another. FHAC ...
  • Fair Housing Center Holds 10th Annual Housing Discrimination Summit
    April 4, 2005
    This year’s event commemorates the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) 10th year of fighting housing discrimination in the Greater New Orleans area. The theme is Fair Housing Boot Camp: Everything You Need to Know to Combat Housing Discrimination. The day-long event will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel (formerly the Radisson on ...
  • FHAC Selects a New Executive Director
    January 19, 2005
    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center announces the selection of James Perry as its new Executive Director. Perry, a New Orleans native, is no stranger to the fair housing movement. Most recently, Perry served as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center (GCFHC) in Gulfport Mississippi. Perry started GCFHC in 2003 with ...
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