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Attention Housing Providers: Have You Been a Victim of Insurance Discrimination?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2017 by

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), also known as “Section 8”, helps low-income residents across the United States pay for rental housing. Many families and individuals rely on this federal program to subsidize rent in the private housing market (learn more).

Unfortunately, there have been reports of discrimination by insurance companies against housing providers who rent to tenants using the HCVP, or who rent to a high proportion of such tenants.  How do you know if you’ve been a victim of this type of insurance discrimination?  Your insurance company or agent may have asked if you rent to tenants who use vouchers, or what proportion of your tenants use vouchers.  They may have raised your rates, canceled your policy, refused to renew, or even refused to write you a policy in the first place. Read More…

Finance Authority of New Orleans Announces Down Payment Assistance Program

Posted on 03. Jul, 2017 by

Have you been thinking about buying a home in New Orleans?  The Finance Authority of New Orleans has just announced a new down payment assistance program.  Qualifying buyers can chose between an interest-free down payment loan of up to 10% of the purchase price, or a grant of up to 5% of the purchase price.  Read more here, then sign up for a Homebuyer Education Class.  You’ll learn all about the home buying process, including your fair housing rights.

Fair Housing & LGBTQIA+ Communities: Know Your Rights!

Posted on 30. Jun, 2017 by

Many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+) don’t realize that they have the legal right to fair housing access. It’s true that the federal Fair Housing Act only explicitly outlaws discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status and does not directly include sexual orientation or gender identity. However, in many cases, there are still protections for queer and trans people in place. Let’s look at some examples: Read More…

Emotional Support Animals and Support Animals

Posted on 03. Apr, 2017 by

Healthy Homes on Humanist Perspectives

Posted on 27. Mar, 2017 by

Listen: Executive Director Cashauna Hill discusses the Healthy Homes Ordinance, the New Orleans housing affordability crisis, and other issues related to fair housing in the New Orleans Area on the “Humanist Perspective.”

Fair Housing and Emotional Support Animals

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 by

Under the federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to deny someone housing because they have a disability. The Fair Housing Act also says that everyone has the right to “fully use and enjoy” their home. People with disabilities are entitled to any necessary, reasonable modifications or accommodations they might need in order to fully use and enjoy their home.
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Stop American Can Evictions

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 by

American Can Company is kicking out elderly folks, veterans, and people with disabilities during the holidays in order to make more money next year- all after benefiting from public dollars earmarked to develop and preserve affordable housing.

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Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and 36 U.S. Metro Areas

Posted on 05. Dec, 2016 by

National Fair Housing Alliance, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures

WASHINGTON, D.C. and New Orleans, LA — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, California.  The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae purposely fails to maintain its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) in African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same level of quality it does for foreclosures it owns in white neighborhoods.  The data supporting the federal lawsuit, which includes substantial photographic evidence, shows a stark pattern of discriminatory conduct by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its foreclosures.

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Analysis of Impediments Survey

Posted on 22. Nov, 2016 by

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GNOFHAC October Events!

Posted on 13. Oct, 2016 by

Help Us Take Our Youth Programming Across Louisiana

 

Please join GNOFHAC staff, as well as councilmembers Jared Brossett, LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry on October 19th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Eiffel Society for a very special event to help us extend the reach of our youth programming.

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