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We Can Win a Living Wage

Posted on 26. Apr, 2016 by


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Tomorrow, April 27th, the Louisiana Senate will vote on legislation that is essential to raising the minimum wage and increasing housing choice. Will you take action for Louisiana working families?

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You Helped Put The Brakes On Mass Incarceration

Posted on 15. Apr, 2016 by

We’d like to thank all of you to took action and let legislators know that banning people with felonies from receiving public benefits violates the Fair Housing Act and would lead to more recidivism. Your overwhelming response flooded legislators’ inboxes with emails.

A State House committee was scheduled to vote on HB 263 on Wednesday, but your immediate action helped to have it dropped from the committee’s agenda.

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Enough is Enough: Help Us Urge New Orleans Officials to Finally Address Unsafe Rental Housing

Posted on 13. Apr, 2016 by

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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.


Families Deserve Living Wages and Equal Pay

Posted on 29. Mar, 2016 by

This week, the Louisiana Legislature will hear legislation that is essential to family economic security and fair housing choice. Many Louisiana families work hard but earn low wages that limit housing opportunities. In a state where ¼ of renters pay more than half their income towards rent and utilities, we cannot build our way out of the current housing crisis.

That’s why we’re asking you to support economic security and housing choice for Louisiana families. Currently, a parent working minimum wage at $7.25 per hour would have to work 69 hours per week in order to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent.

No one who works full time should be facing homelessness. That’s why we’re asking you to urge Louisiana lawmakers to stand with Louisiana workers to pass legislation that helps lift families out of poverty.

Big Business Give-aways or Investments in Working Families

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by

Last week the state legislature began a special session to fix the enormous hole in the state budget. As legislators struggle to save the state’s economy, it is imperative that they fix our budget with—not on the backs of—Louisiana’s hardworking families. Will you join us?

Among the problems with our state budget is that Louisiana gave away $200 million more in tax credits to big business last year than they took in through corporate income tax. Meanwhile, many Louisiana families work hard but earn low wages that limit housing opportunities. In a state where nearly one-third of renters and homeowners pay more than 30% of their income towards housing costs, we cannot build our way out of the current housing crisis.

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Tell Congress to Fund Fairness and Opportunity

Posted on 12. Feb, 2016 by

This week, President Obama released a budget that takes bold steps toward building fairness into our housing market and addressing the affordability crisis. If you believe a family’s zip code should not determine their life outcomes, then join us and sign your organization on to a letter asking Members of Congress to fund these vital programs.

The President’s budget advances equity and opportunity through a number of housing and community development programs. Join us in calling on our Louisiana delegation to: Read More…

A Rare Budget Deal Restores Key Housing Funding for Louisiana

Posted on 16. Dec, 2015 by

Thanks to all of your incredible work, Congress finally introduced a budget deal that that includes full funding for housing programs AND removes the harmful amendments that would have weakened fair housing laws. Please take a moment right now to thank Members of Congress, and urge them to support the budget deal.

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A sneak peek of our 2015 state legislative priorities.

Posted on 07. Apr, 2015 by

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…

Will We See You Today?

Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by


At 2pm, we’re heading to the Community Development Committee hearing at City Hall to let our leaders know that improving conditions in New Orleans rental homes is an important issue that we need them to take on. The committee will be weighing a plan to establish a regular inspection system for rental units to ensure all families have a safe place to call home.

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Q & A on a New Orleans Rental Registry

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by

Nola Deservesbetter meme2We are so pleased to see Councilmembers Williams and Cantrell bring the issue of health and safety in New Orleans’ rental homes to the attention of the Council.

Many tenants, landlords, and community members have contacted us over the last week about a proposal to improve rental quality through a registry program, that would enforce existing City codes through an affirmative process to improve conditions.  That’s why we created this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide. Read More…