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Will We See You Today?

Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by

NolaDeservesBetter

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.

The City Council hearing details are: Read More…

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…

City Council Hearing on February 11

Posted on 04. Feb, 2015 by

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Thanks to all of our supporters who have emailed City Councilmembers about our unsafe and inadequate rental homes. Your emails have made a huge impact.

The Council is taking this up next week—will you join us in Council chambers to share your story and ensure they know this is a fundamental issue of fairness? Read More…

Stop Slumlords

Posted on 03. Feb, 2015 by

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Nearly every New Orleanian has a horror story when it comes to unsafe conditions in a rental home: calls to a landlord or 311 that were ignored when mold took over the bathroom; kitchen appliances that didn’t work for months; or a leaky roof that ended up ruining a treasured possession. In some instances, lives have been tragically lost due to the poor conditions that plague New Orleans rentals- recent data show that 5,450 rental units in the City lack a working smoke detector.  Read More…

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.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Read More…

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.