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2nd Annual GNOFHAC Crawfish Boil

Posted on 17. Apr, 2014 by

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Join GNOFHAC Thursday, April 24th at 5:30 pm as we close out Fair Housing Month with our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil. Family, friends, community members, and supporters are invited to join the Fair Housing Center’s staff and board at our offices, located at 404 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, for free crawfish and drinks while engaging in an open discussion of current civil rights and fair housing issues in Louisiana.

Please contact Stephanie Sheeley at ssheeley@gnofairhousing.org for more information and “Like” us on Facebook, where you can RSVP for the event.

Support GNOFHAC on #GiveNOLA Day!

Posted on 17. Apr, 2014 by

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.05.48 AMTuesday May 6th: GNOFHAC Happy Hour and #GiveNOLA Day

On Tuesday, May 6, GNOFHAC will participate in #GiveNOLA Day, a citywide, online day of giving where every dollar donated to local nonprofits will be maximized with additional funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It’s one day only, so make your donations online between midnight and 11:59 to get the most out of your investment!

Eiffel LogoTo kick off our campaign, we’re partnering with Eiffel Society to host a Pay-it-Forward Happy Hour (4-7) and free tango lessons (7-11)! There’s no cover, and a portion of all drink sales will support fair housing, so put on your dancing shoes and join us for great drink specials on Tuesday, May 6th at the swanky Eiffel Society on St. Charles Ave. “Like” us on Facebook, where you can RSVP for the event.  Contact Marlene Theberge at mtheberge@gnofairhousing.org for more information.

RSVP for the Happy Hour to be entered into a drawing for a free round of drinks!

 

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a disenfranchised gay.”

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by

LGBT HousesAccording to Kathleen Benfield of the American Family Association of New Orleans, expanding fair housing protections to LGBT individuals is unnecessary because “you’d be hard-pressed to find a disenfranchised gay” in Louisiana.

On Monday, GNOFHAC partnered with Representative Brossett to introduce HB 804, a bill calling for a ban on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We were blown away by the outpouring of support: the New Orleans City Council unanimously endorsed the bill, which was also publicly backed by the New Orleans Apartment Association, a Unitarian Universalist minister, and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

We were especially moved by the sheer volume of supporters who responded to our emails and contacted their State Reps—outreach around HB804 drew responses from more supporters than our last four action alerts combined. Read More…

Fair Housing Month 2014 Educational Events

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by

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FAIR HOUSING CENTER COMMEMORATES FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2014 WITH SERIES OF FREE EVENTS

On April 1, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced a series of events to occur throughout the month in commemoration of National Fair Housing Month. Each event is free and open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities. For more details about GNOFHAC’s celebration of Fair Housing Month 2014, please call (504)596-2100.

GNOFHAC’s Fair Housing Month events will occur throughout the State, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. The events are: Read More…

GNOFHAC Commentary Published in the ABA’s Journal For Affordable Housing And Community Development

Posted on 20. Mar, 2014 by


Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 12.21.48 PMAssistant Director Kate Scott and Development and Communications Coordinator Marlene Theberge discuss GNOFHAC’s work in Volume 22-2 of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law – click here for the full article.

GNOFHAC Joins in Complaint Against U.S. Bank

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by

U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination

Civil Rights Organizations Add Dallas, Hampton Roads, Va., New Haven and New Orleans and New Evidence in D.C. Area to Complaint against U.S. Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Failing to maintain and market homes because of the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood violates the federal Fair Housing Act. Read More…

At Large Candidates Take a Stand on Rental Housing Conditions

Posted on 19. Feb, 2014 by

This year, GNOFHAC’s annual Fit for King event featured a forum with New Orleans City Council at-large candidates. The forum highlighted the need for policies to increase habitable, safe rental housing, with strong statements of leadership from candidates in both Divisions One and Two.

According to Councilwoman Hedge-Morrell, incumbent for District D and candidate at-large in Division Two, New Orleans is made up of a majority of renters, who are suffering from the blight of substandard housing. Councilwoman Hedge-Morrell called out absentee landlords that failed to maintain property. The Councilwoman also noted many rentals had fallen into disrepair in the aftermath of Katrina, and that the Road Home program’s “Small Rental Repair Program” overlooked many. Hedge-Morrell noted the need to beef up code enforcement to reach a standard of habitability, while providing funding streams for landlords trying to do the right thing.

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Policy Analyst Position Open

Posted on 18. Feb, 2014 by

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center has an opening for a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will support the organization’s legislative and regulatory work at the local, state and federal levels on a variety of housing related and civil rights issues. The position requires strong analytic and writing abilities. Read More…

Baton Rouge Community Revitalization Fund Application

Posted on 12. Feb, 2014 by

foreclosurehousesignIn June 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development reached an historic conciliation agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The agreement resulted from a federal housing discrimination complaint originally filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), GNOFHAC, and 12 other fair housing organizations around the country. The complaint alleged that Wells Fargo-owned properties in white neighborhoods were much better maintained and marketed than homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods, which would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act. As part of the agreement, GNOFHAC will administer a fund to provide programs and services to promote homeownership, neighborhood stabilization, property rehabilitation, and development in communities of color.

Apply Now!

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Fair Housing Five Training in Pascagoula, Mississippi

Posted on 12. Feb, 2014 by

FH5On March 12, GNOFHAC staff are heading to Pascagoula, Mississippi to conduct 15 Fair Housing Five workshops for over 300 5th grade students of Trent Lott Academy! The workshops will use GNOFHAC’s original children’s book, the Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House, where students will learn about housing discrimination, the Civil Rights movement, and the importance of open housing! Click here to find out more about the book and corresponding youth workshops.