Fair Housing University (FHU) is an educational initiative of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) that provides comprehensive education about fair housing to hundreds of individuals in a variety of stakeholder groups. GNOFHAC provides a combination of regularly scheduled public trainings and private trainings tailored to the needs of partner organizations.
Bringing Gender Home is GNOFHAC’s comprehensive, multi-faceted initiative designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who have experienced gender-based housing discrimination. The initiative deals with such issues as sexual harassment in housing, wrongful loss of housing as a consequence of domestic violence, and discrimination based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Bringing Gender Home is an organization-wide initiative and features close collaborations among GNOFHAC’s Outreach, Policy, Enforcement, and Homeownership Protection Departments. The latest project undertaken as part of the Bringing Gender Home initiative is Spirit House, an original, multimedia performance piece that examines housing issues through a gendered lens. Through the Bringing Gender Home Initiative, GNOFHAC hopes to better understand the needs of individuals and families experiencing discrimination in order to best fulfill its mission of eliminating housing discrimination in the greater New Orleans area and the state of Louisiana.
Spirit House: The purpose of the Spirit House project is to use community based research and theater in order to explore the impact of exclusionary housing policy and practices on women and families, and the intersections between sex, gender, race, class and sexual orientation in experiences of finding housing and defining “home.” Learn more about the Spirit House Project here.
UPCOMING PUBLIC TRAININGS
- Fair Housing 5 Training in Pascagoula, Mississippi
On 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 ...
- Know Your Rights: Protections for Individuals with a Disability
Join us and our partner, Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana, for a workshop on housing rights for people with a disability. The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The training will cover rights and responsibilities under fair housing and landlord-tenant law with a focus on protections for people with disabilities. ...
- Free Workshops in Monroe for Community Awareness
On September 19 and 20, at Emily P. Robinson Community Center, the Southside Community Involvement Association is partnering with the Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC), Rays of Sonshine and the Foundation for Louisiana to bring FHAC’s Fair Housing University (FHU) initiative to Monroe, LA. Two workshops – free and open to the public – will ...
AVAILABLE PRIVATE TRAININGS
The following is a selection of trainings that the Fair Housing Action Center offers on a private consultation basis. Call (504) 596-2100 to schedule a training with your company, organization, or group. We can customize a training to the needs of your company or organization. Contact Us today to discuss the possibilities!
- Fair Housing 101 for Small Landlords
This customizable workshop for small landlords will provide a comprehensive review of a housing provider’s responsibilities under local and federal fair housing law, including case studies that pertain to small landlords. Topics covered will include protected classes and transactions under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), protections for people with disabilities, discriminatory harassment, advertising, resident relations ...
- How to Avoid a Predatory Loan
This customizable training provides an overview of the lending process and how predatory lending can occur. This training goes in to detail to explain how a predatory loan can be a fair housing violation, how it can affect equity, what it might look like, when predatory lending might occur, and most importantly detailed steps that ...
- Mortgages and Natural Disasters
This hour and a half training covers information on how to prepare your home for a natural disaster and what steps to take after a natural disaster. This training includes guidance on understanding your homeowners insurance, deductibles, and the claim process after a natural disaster. In addition, the training includes information on contacting your mortgage ...
- Avoiding Foreclosure and Foreclosure Scams
This customizable training offers information on avoiding foreclosure, resources for those facing foreclosure, and legal protections against foreclosure under the Fair Housing Act. The training will also cover how to spot and avoid a foreclosure scam, and additional resources for those who have been the victim of a foreclosure scam.
- Fair Housing 101 for the Management Team
This half-day workshop for apartment complex management and maintenance staff will provide a comprehensive review of a housing provider’s responsibilities under fair housing law. Topics covered will include protected classes and transactions, reasonable modification and accommodation for people with disabilities, discriminatory harassment, and creating advertisements that comply with fair housing laws. The training will also ...
- Fair Housing Review for Lending Institutions
A half-day training tailored to employees of banks and other lending institutions. Participants will review the basics of the Fair Housing Act with examples and best practices from the lending industry. Covered topics include protected classes and transactions and fair housing-compliant marketing techniques.
- Mortgage Default 101
Our fair housing specialists and HUD-certified housing counselors will train your foreclosure and collections staff in various techniques and best practices for handling mortgage default situations in ways that are compliant with the Fair Housing Act.
- Fair Housing 101 for Service Providers
This customizable training is tailored to service providers and case managers who work with people with disabilities, people with HIV/AIDS, recovering alcoholics and substance abusers, and homeless individuals. The training will cover basic protections under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the reasonable modification requirement for people with disabilities. Other covered topics can include the ...
- Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 101
This customizable training focus on the requirement of certain federally funded entities to “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” (AFFH). Covered topics include an overview of rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, fair housing design and construction standards, reasonable modification and accommodation for people with disabilities, advertising that complies with fair housing laws, and outreach ...
- The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House
The Fair Housing Action Center offers a variety of workshops for schools and youth-serving organizations that teach students about civil rights and equity. Visit www.fairhousingfive.org to read about FHAC’s children’s book and educational programming for young people.