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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 $1279 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 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…

50 Best Culturally Diverse Children’s Book

Posted on 13. Oct, 2014 by

Amazing GraceToday the Guardian released a list of the 50 best culturally diverse children’s books. The list includes books from over the past 60 years that celebrate cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. The list was created by the UK organization, Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. Tomorrow the Guardian is launching an online discussion where anyone can share their favorite book on diversity! Read about it here.

GNOFHAC understands the importance of discussing and promoting diversity through reading with kids of all ages. That’s why we created the Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House. October is Fair Housing Five Month, a time to celebrate fair housing and civil rights education for young people! This month, we’re offering free workshops to any classroom, neighborhood group, community center, or religious groups interested. Contact our Education and Outreach Director at srosen@gnofairhousing.org or (504) 596-2100.

Eviction for Facing Domestic Violence: Not in Norristown, PA

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by

Used and abused; domestic violence concept

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled an important case in Pennsylvania on behalf of a domestic violence victim, Ms. Lakisha Briggs. The ACLU of Pennsylvania teamed up with Ms. Briggs and the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP to challenge the city of Norristown’s 3-strike ordinance, which encouraged landlords to evict tenants who’d had the police called to their residence 3 times or more, even if the person who called the police was the victim of a crime. A serious side effect of this policy was that it forced victims of domestic violence to either risk eviction by calling the police, or to endure further abuse if they didn’t. Read More…

October is Fair Housing Five Month!

Posted on 03. Oct, 2014 by

FHFWhat: A time to celebrate civil rights and fair housing youth education!

Why: Because we know that it’s imperative for young people to be engaged in meaningful and challenging dialogue about fairness and equity. We have seen first hand how these conversations and workshops encourage kids to become actors in ending discrimination!

When: All of October!

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New Road Home Collection Process

Posted on 02. Oct, 2014 by

REO InvestigationAs of October 1, 2014, the Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit is restarting its collection process for those Road Home grant recipients who are out of compliance or were deemed by the program to have been overpaid. The collection process had been suspended since a state law passed in June.

The new collection process provides some additional protections for homeowners: Read More…