Posted on 21. Jan, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
Today, the Supreme Court will hear Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, a case that could threaten the long-standing legal theory of disparate impact, which has protected all Americans from discrimination for decades. James Perry, Executive Director of GNOFHAC, will join other advocates on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally in support of the disparate impact protection afforded by the Fair Housing Act.
The disparate impact protection requires that banks, landlords, and other housing providers should choose policies that apply fairly to all persons. Some policies that seem neutral in theory can unfairly exclude or segregate particular communities in practice. For example, an apartment complex could exclude applicants without full-time jobs- a policy that seems facially neutral. But such a policy has a disparate impact on people like disabled veterans or seniors who do not work full-time but may still afford an apartment.
National civil rights advocates have shown their support of upholding current fair housing protections on twitter, Facebook, and in countless op-ed pieces in national media sources. These include:
- Marc Morial’s Op-Ed: The Grio
- Stanley Pottinger and John R. Dunne Op-Ed: The Hill
- Bill Lann Lee’s Op-Ed: The Sacramento Bee
- Barbara Arnwine’s Op-Ed: MSNBC
- Larry Schwartztol: ACLU blog
More from the New York Times here.
Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
GNOFHAC is co-sponsoring an Accessibility FIRST Training tomorrow on design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act. The training will be facilitated and hosted by LCM Architects and the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Register for the training here. AIA credits are available for architects. See the flyer below for more information, and we hope to see you there!
Posted on 14. Jan, 2015 by Marlene Theberge
The GNO Fair Housing Action Center would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the following local businesses for their support of the Fit for King conference!
Their generosity ensures that Fit for King is free and open to the public for the eighth year in a row. Read More…
Posted on 13. Jan, 2015 by Marlene Theberge
Posted on 05. Jan, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
The conference is on January 15, 2015, from 9:00am-3:30pm at the historic Carver Theater. We have an amazing lineup of speakers and sessions planned. Check out our conference agenda here. For more information on the conference, go to fitforking.org.
Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by Kate Scott
Today, GNOFHAC announced that it has settled all claims against St. Bernard Parish stemming from a 2006 lawsuit that challenged Parish ordinances designed to restrict rentals. These ordinances included the “blood relative ordinance,” which stipulated that owners of single-family homes could only rent to their blood relatives. Specifically, this week’s agreement settles all matters on appeal and requires the Parish to pay $1,843,728 in fees to GNOFHAC, any other plaintiffs, and their attorneys. Read More…
Posted on 17. Dec, 2014 by Sophie Rosen
On January 21st, GNOFHAC is co-sponsoring an Accessibility FIRST Training on design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act. The training will be facilitated and hosted LCM Architects and the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Register for the training here. Architects will receive credit from AIA for attending this course.See the flyer below for more information!
Posted on 06. Dec, 2014 by Sophie Rosen
Join us on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Carver Theater for the 8th Annual, Fit for King Conference. This year’s theme will be Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of Fair Housing and will celebrate the Center’s 20th anniversary. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be the acclaimed civil right activist and leader, Julian Bond.
Posted on 03. Dec, 2014 by admin
Today, a coalition of community organizations including GNOFHAC, the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) released a white paper that reveals the prevalence of unsafe and unhealthy conditions in the City’s rental homes, in spite of rapidly rising rents. The data is coupled with stories of frustration from New Orleans renters, which indicate that there is no functional system to process complaints from tenants or inspect rental properties for basic standards of quality and safety.
The paper calls on City leaders to work together to find solutions and address the problem of poor rental conditions in New Orleans. It also notes a recent citywide survey revealed that voters of all stripes support improving the quality of rental housing in New Orleans. Read More…