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A Roast of James Perry – Thursday, March 12!

Posted on 20. Feb, 2015 by

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Join us on Thursday, March 12, for a roast of GNOFHAC’s outgoing Executive Director, James Perry!   Read More…

Council Heard Us Loud and Clear! Thank You!

Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by

NolaDeservesBetter

On Wednesday, GNOFHAC joined tenants, landlords, and community leaders to urge City Council to improve the quality of rental homes in New Orleans. Individuals and organizations shared testimony that painted a horrific picture of the conditions far too many New Orleans residents are living in.

Many people also voiced support for a rental registry program, although an ordinance has not yet been proposed. The program, enacted in numerous cities nationwide, would affirmatively inspect rental properties to insure all rental homes meet basic health and safely standards. Read More…

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…

Most Landlords Are Just Trying to do the Right Thing

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by

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It’s easy to get caught up in the stories about nightmare slumlords, but in a city where most of us—55%–are renters, the truth is that New Orleans has thousands of wonderful landlords: people who care about their neighborhoods, who provide safe, decent housing for families, and who would never ignore issues like sewage leaks and black mold in their units.

You may have heard by now that City Council is weighing a plan to establish a regular inspection system for New Orleans’ rental units. Read More…

Just how important is Disparate Impact in fair housing law?

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by

Last month, GNOFHAC and friends gathered at the Fit For King conference to honor the legacy of those who’ve fought for fair housing and to highlight the obstacles in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in Louisiana.  A major topic of the day was the use of Disparate Impact in cases concerning the Fair Housing Act. 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…

Remembering those who paved the way

Posted on 02. Feb, 2015 by

Last December, we announced the release of our latest outreach project, the Social Justice Babies Calendar:

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Community Partner Spotlight: AOS

Posted on 29. Jan, 2015 by

GNOFHAC is proud to highlight the work of AOS, community partner and twice consecutive sponsor of the annual Fit for King conference: Read More…