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Money for Affordable Housing Doesn’t Belong in Jindal’s Slush Fund!

Posted on 10. Apr, 2014 by

Affordable housing is under assault by the Louisiana legislature, and we need your help. Please take a moment right now to defeat a dangerous bill that would squeeze out housing for low-income families.  HB 1026 steals $27 million generated by housing programs at the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) and redirects that cash to the general fund.  Please send a message to let House Appropriators know they should be funding—not taking from— the LHC housing budget.

Thank you for all that you do.  We’ll keep you updated as the legislative session continues!

Urge Your Legislator to Support Expansion of the Louisiana Equal Housing Act

Posted on 27. Mar, 2014 by

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 of our full legislative  agenda is equal housing protections for Louisianans regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. Currently in Louisiana, it is legal for landlords to discriminate against LGBT people. Will you take the first step with us in asking the Legislature to right that wrong?

Please take a moment right now to send an email to Louisiana House Commerce Committee Members, and ask them to expand housing choice for people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and marital status.

Have you experienced discrimination in housing on the basis of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status? Please consider sharing your experience with us so that we can make sure state legislators fully understand the impacts that housing discrimination has on their constituents.

Download the LGBT housing rights fact sheet here, then support and send a message to legislators to expand these rights statewide!

P.S. Do you know anyone that has experienced housing discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status? Please encourage them to share their stories with us too!

Help Keep Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordable

Posted on 10. Feb, 2014 by

You’ve probably heard about changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) under a bill entitled the Biggert-Waters Act. The changes raise rates to reflect true flood risk, and were intended to make the program more financially sustainable.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

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Louisiana Home Protection Act Makes it to the House!

Posted on 23. May, 2013 by

We’ve got great news! Thanks to all your hard work, the Louisiana Home Protection Act (SB 27) made it through the Senate.  We can’t thank you enough! Now comes the hard part: Senator Broome is moving this important foreclosure prevention bill through the House, and we need your help.

Please click to here to send an email to your Representative and prevent needless foreclosures.

If passed, the bill would improve homeownership protection by making information available about free housing counseling or legal services for homeowners facing sheriff’s sale.

Two Crucial Bills Head to Louisiana Senate Floor!

Posted on 08. May, 2013 by

Louisiana Home Protection Act headed for Senate floor!

The Louisiana Home Protection Act sailed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and is now headed for the Senate floor! Please take a moment right now to help prevent needless foreclosures.

If passed, the bill would improve homeownership protection by making information available about free housing counseling or legal services for homeowners facing sheriff’s sale.

Medicaid Expansion Clears House Committee

Safe, decent and affordable housing is important to health outcomes, just as access to better medicine and preventative care are.  Yesterday, Rep. Smith cleared her Medicaid Expansion bill out of the Committee on Health and Welfare.  Click here to read why Medicaid expansion is crucial to promoting housing opportunity.  Then take action to expand coverage for 422,000 Louisianians.

Housing Opportunity and the Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 08. Apr, 2013 by

Access to health insurance is well known to reduce health care costs, but how would Medicaid expansion promote housing choice?  Safe, decent and affordable housing is important to health outcomes, just as access to better medicine and preventative care are.  Medical journals and studies have long documented the connection between housing choice and physical health, perhaps none better than a study entitled “Moving to Opportunity”, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The study quantified the correlation between housing choice and health at the neighborhood level by collecting data on over 4,000 families with follow up over a 10 and 15 year time period.  The study found that housing can serve as a platform to improve health outcomes. Read More…

This is Dumb

Posted on 27. Feb, 2013 by

“This is dumb.  Can we all agree that this is dumb?”,  asked Senator Lindsey Graham at a recent federal hearing on the sequestration.   Many of hear of sequestration, which is another word for across-the-board slashing of federal funds, but are unclear of  how it will impact Louisiana. Read More…

Violence Against Women: Putting a Stop to it

Posted on 13. Feb, 2013 by

The last Congress let the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expire, which means that women lost essential protections from abusers.  As an organization that works to uphold civil rights in housing for all people, we need your help in promoting protections for women and girls.

The U.S. Senate passed it’s version, please take this opportunity to ask House members to do their part, too.

The VAWA provides access to emergency, transitional and permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence.  The Senate bill also provides important legal protections for survivors of domestic or sexual violence, including protections for LGBT individuals, undocumented women, and Native survivors of gender-based violence.  In addition, the legislation includes help for law enforcement agencies to address the nearly 300,000 rape kits that are backlogged nationwide and waiting to be analyzed.

We wrote about this last year too, and we’ll hope you’ll join us once again in calling on Congress to do the right thing.

Click here to send a letter to your Representative in the House, urging them to take up the bill quickly.

Dear Obama: The Accountability Letter

Posted on 19. Nov, 2012 by

One year ago, the Obama Administration published a draft of a regulation that institutionalizes an important legal doctrine for advocates to use in enforcing civil rights law.  The regulation legally defines “disparate impact”, which is used to confront policies that may seem neutral on their face, but actually have a discriminatory impact on a group of people.

While the President’s last term included many important advances, now is the time for the President to make good on civil rights promises made.  This is the moment that will define the future of our commitment to civil rights, and the President must stand with us to continue the work begun in the 1960’s to ensure fair and equal housing opportunity for all. Read More…

The Lame Duck Agenda: Take Action Now to Protect Tenants and Homeowners!

Posted on 09. Oct, 2012 by

DuckMany of them will be on their way out.  Others will sit tight.  What should this Congress do when they return in November?

1)  Protect renters living in properties facing foreclosure, before these protections sunset.

2)  Prevent devastating cuts triggered by sequestration. Read More…