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St. Bernard Parish to Pay $1.8 Million to Settle Decade Long Fair Housing Center Suit

Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by

StBernardSignToday, 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…

Accessibility FIRST Training in January

Posted on 17. Dec, 2014 by

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!

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Fit for King 2015 Keynote Speaker Announcement

Posted on 06. Dec, 2014 by

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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.

Register Here

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For Rent: Unsafe, Overpriced Home for the Holidays

Posted on 03. Dec, 2014 by

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.

For Rent: Unsafe, Overpriced Home for the Holidays CoverThe 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…

GNOFHAC E-Newsletter: November 2014 Highlights

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by

Social Justice Babies: 2015 Calendar

The first edition of GNOFHAC’s Social Justice Babies Calendar is almost here!

The calendar can be pre-ordered for $18.99 and will be shipped or ready for pick up in Mid-City in early December.

Each month features photos of babies and toddlers dressed as historical social justice activists.  The project also serves as an educational tool and includes short essays, civil rights anniversaries, and quotes from the leaders who inspire us.

All proceeds will support GNOFHAC’s fair housing programs.

Order a calendar today to get it in time for the holidays

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#GivingTuesday is December 2

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by


Tuesday, December 2, is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving when individuals come together to make a difference in their communities.

Please consider donating to the Center on Giving Tuesday.  We’ve made incredible progress in 2014, thanks to engaged people like you!  Together, we: Read More…

Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by

Transgender Awareness Week culminates today with an annual day to honor the memory of all transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been the victims of violence.

Among the many factors that leave transgender people vulnerable to violence is the discrimination they face in finding safe and stable housing. A national survey of transgender people in 2011 found that 19% reported being denied a home or apartment and 11% reported being evicted because of their gender expression or identity. Trans people are also overrepresented in the homeless population and face additional barriers. The survey found that nearly one-third of trans people who tried to access a homeless shelter were turned away. Those who did find shelter were often forced to stay in facilities designated for the wrong gender, or survived violence or sexual assault in the shelter. Read More…

James Perry on WBOK

Posted on 13. Nov, 2014 by

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 1.39.44 PMThis morning, GNOFHAC Executive Director, James Perry, was interviewed on WBOK radio. James spoke on the Center’s recent audit findings. the nature of discrimination, how to improve neighborhoods of low opportunity in New Orleans, and general housing issues the city is facing.

Listen to the interview here!

Team Fair Housing raises $3,800: Photos!

Posted on 11. Nov, 2014 by

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New GNOFHAC Study Finds African American Renters Face High Rate of Discrimination in New Orleans Upscale Neighborhoods

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 by

Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released an audit study of housing discrimination against African Americans in New Orleans’ highest opportunity neighborhoods.

Audit infographicThe study, Where Opportunity Knocks the Doors Are Locked, found that African American mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters were either denied the opportunity to rent or received less favorable treatment than white mystery shoppers 44% of the time in New Orleans neighborhoods that offer high opportunity levels to families.

The study looks closely at what “high opportunity” means and how living in these communities is related to various aspects of one’s life. Read More…