Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
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…
Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
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…
Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by Kate Scott
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.
Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by Ross Hunter
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…
Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by Maxwell Ciardullo
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…
Posted on 04. Feb, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
Thanks to all of our supporters who have emailed City Councilmembers about our unsafe and inadequate rental homes. Your emails have made a huge impact.
Posted on 03. Feb, 2015 by Sophie Rosen
Nearly every New Orleanian has a horror story when it comes to unsafe conditions in a rental home: calls to a landlord or 311 that were ignored when mold took over the bathroom; kitchen appliances that didn’t work for months; or a leaky roof that ended up ruining a treasured possession. In some instances, lives have been tragically lost due to the poor conditions that plague New Orleans rentals- recent data show that 5,450 rental units in the City lack a working smoke detector. Read More…
Posted on 02. Feb, 2015 by Marlene Theberge
Posted on 29. Jan, 2015 by Marlene Theberge