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The choice to protect domestic violence victims is simple

Posted on 28. May, 2014 by

Used and abused; domestic violence conceptWe have a client right now who was evicted from her apartment literally because her ex-boyfriend showed up uninvited and brutalized her to the point of hospitalization. So we’ve pulled out all the stops in order to get state law changed so that this never happens to another woman in Louisiana.

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Take Action to Help DV Victims in Louisiana!

Posted on 05. May, 2014 by

Should people lose their home when they are victims of a crime? Because that’s exactly what happens to victims of domestic violence in Louisiana.

Victims are held liable for the violence of perpetrators, and victims must decide whether they best protect their children by calling police, or losing their home.

That’s why we’re working to support passage of Senate Bill 233, a bill that would offer vital housing protections for survivors of domestic violence. 

And we need your help! Here’s what you can do:

Click here to send a message to House Commerce Committee Members voicing your support of the bill.

Thanks for all that you do to ensure everyone has a place to call home.

Act now to help DV victims keep their homes!

Posted on 28. Apr, 2014 by

Should people lose their home when they are victims of a crime?
Because that’s exactly what happens to victims of domestic violence in Louisiana.

Victims are held liable for the violence of perpetrators, and victims must decide whether they best protect their children by calling police, or losing their home.

That’s why we’re working to support passage of Senate Bill 233, a bill that would offer vital housing protections for survivors of domestic violence.  You’re not going to believe this, but the bill is facing significant opposition.

And we need your help! Here’s what you can do:

Click here to send a message to the Senators in the Judiciary A Committee voicing your support of the bill.
Click here to watch the Committee Hearing LIVE on Tuesday at 9am!

Thanks for all that you do to ensure everyone has a place to call home.

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.