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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

We did it! Read More…

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…

November Fair Housing University Series

Posted on 30. Oct, 2014 by

FHU

During the week of November 17th, GNOFHAC will be hosting a 3-part Fair Housing University (FHU) series. Each workshop will include information on an individual’s rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act including real case studies. Each workshop will also be tailored for the specific audience.

 

Details are as follow:

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Help Team Fair Housing raise $6k for Louisiana women and families

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by

Raised $3500 towards the $6000 target.

GNOFHAC is running and walking in the Fall Classic on Sat., Nov. 8 to raise $6,000 to prevent unnecessary evictions of victims of domestic violence.

Too often, victims of violence are forced to choose between safety and housing.  With your help, we can keep Louisiana families safe and in their homes.

Visit our fundraising pages to see why GNOFHAC staff, board, and friends are participating in the Crescent City Fall Classic 5k to support this important work, and to make a donation that will make a difference:

Sophie   Jeremy   Liz   Brooke   Marlene  Matt Read More…

To Unlock Domestic Violence’s Grip on Louisiana, Courage is Key

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by

BATTERED WOMAN

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and domestic violence remains a pervasive problem worthy of our attention. Recent conversations about the issue were triggered by the release of a video showing ex-Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice coldcocking his then fiancé in an elevator. The NFL’s celebrity status may make Louisianans feel removed from the issue of domestic violence, but nothing could be further from the truth. Protections that yield safe homes for victims are sorely needed to ensure women’s safety. The problem of domestic violence requires our attention year round. Read More…

Know Your Rights Workshop in Hammond

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by

Know Your Rights logoOn November 5th, GNOFHAC is presenting for community members, students, and faculty on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond, Louisiana.

This free life skills workshop will cover legal rights and responsibilities for renters, and include information on how to spot housing discrimination and who to call if you’ve been a victim. The workshop is open to the public. Details are as follow: Read More…

Walk (or run) for Fair Housing in City Park

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014 by

Free beer and food.  T-shirts and giveaways.  Beautiful fall weather in City Park.  What more could you want on a Saturday in New Orleans?

City Park New OrleansThe Crescent City Fall Classic 5k run/walk on November 8 offers all of these things, and if you sign up on Team Fair Housing,  your registration will help address housing  issues faced by survivors of domestic violence.

Those who sign up on Team Fair Housing also get a  reduced entry of $15 (down from $30).  Just sign up under “Grant Program Participant Registration”  and choose the GNO Fair Housing Action Center  on the next page.

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Fair Housing Voter Guide

Posted on 20. Oct, 2014 by

October 21st begins early voting in Orleans Parish for the November 4th midterm elections.  You’ve probably heard, but this year’s ballot will include a total of 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana state constitution.

Many of these amendments have fair housing implications, so we’re sharing our perspective as part of our ongoing policy education and advocacy work.

For some of these, there’s a clear fair housing angle that determines whether we’re for or against.  For others, there’s a fair housing argument that could go either way, so we provided you with both sides of the story from a fair housing perspective. Read More…