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Six Ways to Slow Gentrification in New Orleans

Posted on 30. Jul, 2015 by

Housing prices are increasing rapidly, threatening to price out many long-term residents who have made this city great for generations.

Can New Orleans change course? Here are our ideas for six solutions. What are yours?

1. Make the best use of publicly owned properties in low-poverty neighborhoods.
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It’s time to be smart and targeted in how we use our remaining blighted lots. With 3,000 adjudicated properties up for auction–many in quickly transitioning neighborhoods–holding some land for affordable housing could slow displacement. Similarly, the Housing Authority owns hundreds of unused lots, many in low-poverty neighborhoods, that would make great housing for renters facing displacement.

2. Ensure neighborhood investments promote equity rather than displacement.
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Beautification projects like the $37 million spent in the Bywater and St. Roch go a long way towards neighborhood improvement. Coupling neighborhood investments with affordable housing will help working families to stay and enjoy the newly added parks, transit, and other amenities.

3. 
Use zoning to incentivize affordability and integration.
Our zoning code can work to reward housing developers who build some units for working families. Policies like this take advantage of our City’s hot real estate market to create affordable housing in sought-after neighborhoods.

4. Double the housing trust fund and use it for housing.
The City’s Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund (NHIF) is funded at roughly $3 million/year. These valuable tax dollars could be used to offset our affordability crisis and build or rehab homes in gentrifying neighborhoods.

5. Implement property tax relief programs for lower-income homeowners.
Long time homeowners in rapidly changing neighborhoods are at risk of losing their homes due to dramatic increases in property taxes. Cities like Chicago, Boston, and others have implemented targeted property tax freezes to help long-term residents stay in their neighborhoods.

6. Hold rental housing to basic health and safety standards.
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Thousands of units throughout the City have leaks, mold, and fire hazards. Tenants can either put up with it or move, but moving is often expensive.

 

Have you heard of other ideas to prevent gentrification and displacement that you think could work here? Share them in the comments!

 

What SB 174 Means for You

Posted on 30. Jun, 2015 by

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The Louisiana Violence Against Women Act, or Senate Bill 174, will become law on August 1st, 2015. This bill was created through collaboration among housing advocates, domestic violence service providers and housing providers who believe that survivors should never have to choose between safety from abuse and a safe place to live. We look forward to continuing our partnerships in order to ensure that these protections are properly implemented.

Here are the four key provisions of the law: Read More…

Black Women & Housing in New Orleans

Posted on 29. Jun, 2015 by

On June 18, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Action Center, spoke at Breaking the Silence: A Town Hall Meeting on Women of Color in New Orleans. Her testimony highlights the profound implications of housing instability for one of New Orleans’ most vulnerable populations: African-American women.

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Louisiana’s Violence Against Women Act: Keep the Momentum Going!

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by

How your support keeps survivors in their homes:

Woman$10 pays for Facebook advertising to reach more survivors with vital information about their housing rights.

$25 puts information about housing rights under SB 174 in five domestic violence shelters.

$50 covers an in-person investigation of a wrongful eviction of a survivor.

$100 sends housing advocates across the state so they can directly reach women who are protected by this law.

$250 pays for a mailing to send vital information to survivors about their rights under SB 174 before they need it. Read More…

SB 174: It’s time for Phase Two.

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by

SB 174, Louisiana’s Violence Against Women Act, becomes law on August 1!  Woohoo!

…Now what? Read More…

A Quick Guide to SB 174: The Louisiana Violence Against Women Act

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by

• 75% of homeless adults in Louisiana report being victims of domestic violence.

• One of the largest challenges facing survivors is finding and keeping safe, 
stable housing.

• Nearly 1 in 3 residents in Louisiana domestic violence shelters reported being evicted because of the actions of their abusers.

The Louisiana Violence Against Women Act, or Senate Bill 174, will become law on August 1st, 2015. Read More…

A LANDMARK Fair Housing victory at the Supreme Court!

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by

President Obama recently said in an interview that racism is no longer “just a matter of overt discrimination.” Today, the United States Supreme Court announced a landmark 5-4 ruling ensuring that we have the tools to fight back against housing discrimination in all its forms. Read More…

Substantial Wins Despite a Tough Year: GNOFHAC’s Wrap of the 2015 Legislative Session

Posted on 12. Jun, 2015 by

The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned Sine Die yesterday, with some significant gains for Fair Housing. The hard work paid off with the passage of two bills establishing housing protections for victims of domestic violence and the death of a third that would have institutionalized discrimination against LGBT people and struck religious protections.

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SB 174: A Historic Victory in Louisiana

Posted on 09. Jun, 2015 by

Monika Gerhart-Hambrick (GNOFHAC), Beth Meeks (LCADV), Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome, Kim Sport (United Way), and Charmaine Caccioppi (United Way)

Monika Gerhart-Hambrick (GNOFHAC), Beth Meeks (LCADV), Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome, Kim Sport (United Way), and Charmaine Caccioppi (United Way)

This morning, thanks to supporters like you, the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill to protect victims of domestic violence from unnecessary evictions. I’m thrilled to report that the bill- the first of its kind in our state- is now on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law!
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Federal Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Fannie Mae

Posted on 13. May, 2015 by

Wednesday, May 13th – The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 other fair housing organizations across the country have filed a discrimination complaint against the federally-backed mortgage giant Fannie Mae. The complaint is based on evidence of disparities in upkeep of foreclosed properties in African-American neighborhoods versus white neighborhoods, Read More…