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Good Health Depends on Good Housing

Posted on 23. Mar, 2015 by

Studies have long suggested that health—especially children’s health—is negatively impacted by substandard housing. Lately, the media has been addressing this important repercussion of poor housing, as well. Read More…

The Prescription for Healthy Children Starts at Home

Posted on 19. Mar, 2015 by

According to a recent study by The Data Center, nearly 40% of New Orleans’ children live in poverty. While this statistic isn’t new to us, it stings every time we read it. It should also come as no surprise that the children who fall into that 39% are very likely to be living in substandard housing.

A safe home is the foundation for healthy growth and stability. Yet there are far too many toxic living spaces in this city, and it’s time that we address that problem wholeheartedly for the sake of our children’s futures.

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Thanks for Roastin’ and Toastin’ James Perry

Posted on 19. Mar, 2015 by

James Perry Roast - March 12!

Last Thursday, GNOFHAC and friends gathered at the Preservation Resource Center to celebrate (and roast) our departing Executive Director, James Perry. The crowd enjoyed delicious food prepared by the talented Allison Vines-Rushing while vying over beautiful local artwork and other items at a silent auction. For the main event, the roasters, led by James’ wife Melissa Harris-Perry, had the crowd near tears with their hilarious commentary. But all joking aside, it was very clear how much we’ll miss James and how cherished he is here in New Orleans.

Check out the full album on Facebook (and while you’re at it, like us, tag your friends, and leave some funny comments for us to find later!)

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February 2015 Highlights

Posted on 02. Mar, 2015 by

James Perry Roast - March 12!

Fundraising Roast of James Perry: March 12

Join us as we send James off after a decade of service to the Fair Housing Action Center with a roast in his honor!  James’ wife, Melissa Harris Perry, will moderate as guest speakers roast and toast the Center’s outgoing Executive Director.

Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails, wine, and hors d’oeuvres by James Beard Award winning chef Allison Vines-Rushing, and a silent auction featuring original work by local artists. Read More…

A Roast of James Perry – Thursday, March 12!

Posted on 20. Feb, 2015 by

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Join us on Thursday, March 12, for a roast of GNOFHAC’s outgoing Executive Director, James Perry!   Read More…

Council Heard Us Loud and Clear! Thank You!

Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by

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On Wednesday, GNOFHAC joined tenants, landlords, and community leaders to urge City Council to improve the quality of rental homes in New Orleans. Individuals and organizations shared testimony that painted a horrific picture of the conditions far too many New Orleans residents are living in.

Many people also voiced support for a rental registry program, although an ordinance has not yet been proposed. The program, enacted in numerous cities nationwide, would affirmatively inspect rental properties to insure all rental homes meet basic health and safely standards. Read More…

Will We See You Today?

Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by

NolaDeservesBetter

At 2pm, we’re heading to the Community Development Committee hearing at City Hall to let our leaders know that improving conditions in New Orleans rental homes is an important issue that we need them to take on. The committee will be weighing a plan to establish a regular inspection system for rental units to ensure all families have a safe place to call home.

The City Council hearing details are: Read More…

Most Landlords Are Just Trying to do the Right Thing

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by

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It’s easy to get caught up in the stories about nightmare slumlords, but in a city where most of us—55%–are renters, the truth is that New Orleans has thousands of wonderful landlords: people who care about their neighborhoods, who provide safe, decent housing for families, and who would never ignore issues like sewage leaks and black mold in their units.

You may have heard by now that City Council is weighing a plan to establish a regular inspection system for New Orleans’ rental units. Read More…

Just how important is Disparate Impact in fair housing law?

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by

Last month, GNOFHAC and friends gathered at the Fit For King conference to honor the legacy of those who’ve fought for fair housing and to highlight the obstacles in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in Louisiana.  A major topic of the day was the use of Disparate Impact in cases concerning the Fair Housing Act. Read More…

Q & A on a New Orleans Rental Registry

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by

Nola Deservesbetter meme2We are so pleased to see Councilmembers Williams and Cantrell bring the issue of health and safety in New Orleans’ rental homes to the attention of the Council.

Many tenants, landlords, and community members have contacted us over the last week about a proposal to improve rental quality through a registry program, that would enforce existing City codes through an affirmative process to improve conditions.  That’s why we created this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide. Read More…