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HUD Formalizes Rule on Sexual Harassment in Housing

Posted on 15. Sep, 2016 by

This week, HUD published a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. In addition, HUD is issuing Fair Housing Act guidance on local “nuisance ordinances” that may lead to housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and other persons in need of emergency services. In Louisiana, survivors are also protected by the Louisiana Violence Against Women Act (LaVAWA).

Your Voice Can Shape Policy Decisions

Posted on 07. Sep, 2016 by

Home Values and Rent Infographic

Earlier last month, the City of New Orleans and Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) released a draft plan to bring equity and fairness to the New Orleans housing market. The plan, called an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), sets recommendations for future spending to reduce segregation and improve fair housing choice in all New Orleans neighborhoods. Before the final draft is complete, City housing officials want to make sure your input is included.

New Orleans is one of the first cities to conduct the AFH process, which marks implementation of the historic fair housing regulation issued by the Obama administration. The regulation, called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, helps communities to understand imbalanced neighborhood investments and barriers to housing choice. It is the best tool available to move cities closer to realizing the promise of the Fair Housing Act.

To ensure City officials are addressing the issues in your neighborhood, review the plan and attend the meeting on September 10th to provide your feedback. You may also email feedback to AFFH@nola.gov before September 26th if you are unable to attend in person.

Details: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Treme Recreation Community Center
900 N. Villere Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
10:00 am-Noon

 

ICYMI: Substandard Housing & Zika Risk

Posted on 09. Jul, 2016 by

Unregulated Rentals Expose New Orleans’ Poor

“There’s no mystery about how the mosquitoes got into Shawanda Holmes’ former home. They flew through a gaping hole in the wall.”   

In case you missed it, USA Today took a look at the New Orleans rental market, and found that families in unregulated rentals and neglected neighborhoods may face the greatest dangers from the Zika virus.

Yet, leaving an unhealthy home isn’t always easy, especially for families that live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford the costs of a move, such as new security deposits.

The lack of healthy housing is getting local coverage, too, as renters face displacement in worsening conditions. That’s why we need you to let City Council know you care about the damaging effects of substandard housing.

Please take a moment to hear about the struggles that these parents face, then let our City leaders know you care.

They’re Trying To Force Anti-immigrant Laws on Us

Posted on 16. May, 2016 by

Outside interests affiliated with the Trump campaign are trying to re-write our local immigration rules. An anti-immigration bill, championed by Donald Trump advisor Chris Kobach, is nearing approval in the Louisiana Legislature. Please take a stand and say “no” to this attempt to meddle in local governance.

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News Roundup from Healthy Homes Council Hearing

Posted on 13. May, 2016 by

On Wednesday, May 11th, GNOFHAC held a hearing at Read More…

Give NOLA Day is Extended Through Friday, May 6 – Participate Here!

Posted on 05. May, 2016 by

THANK YOU!

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Stand with Fair Housing on GiveNOLA Day

Posted on 03. May, 2016 by

Raised $4,500 towards the $6,000 target.

Visit the Donation Station tonight between 4-7 to help us meet our goal!

Can’t make the event?  You can still join the movement by donating online here before midnight!

We Can Win a Living Wage

Posted on 26. Apr, 2016 by

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.28.26 PMTomorrow, 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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Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House: Second Edition and Spanish Translation Release Party

Posted on 20. Apr, 2016 by

Fair Housing Five book launch (2)On April 20, GNOFHAC will launch the second edition and Spanish translation of The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House. If you’re in New Orleans, please join us for the book launch party on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30 to 6:00 at the Children’s Resource Center!

GNOFHAC worked with parents, teachers, students, and New Orleans illustrator Sharika Mahdi Neville to develop The Fair Housing Five back in 2010.  The award-winning children’s book Read More…

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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