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Comprehensive timeline of GNOFHAC’s St. Bernard Parish litigation (most recent items at top)

  • Fair Housing Center announces $900,000 settlement agreement with St. Bernard Parish; pleased with settlement between United States and Parish

    On Friday, May 10, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and nine (9) individual plaintiffs agreed to settle a federal lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish alleging that the permissive use permit (PUP) process adopted by the Parish in 2007 was racially discriminatory in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  As a ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Motion for Summary Judgment in Housing Discrimination Case Against St. Bernard Parish

    On October 17, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Plaintiffs Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors, in a long running housing discrimination case against St. Bernard Parish.  The decision signals that the Plaintiffs won the case ...
  • Fair Housing Center and U.S. Department of Justice File Suit Against St. Bernard Parish Over Racial Discrimination in Housing

    On Tuesday, January 31, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) along with several individual St. Bernard Parish property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court against St. Bernard Parish alleging that the permissive use permit process (PUP process) adopted by the Parish in 2006 is racially discriminatory in violation of the Fair ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Fair Housing Center’s Motion To Hold St. Bernard Parish In Contempt

    On October 17, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued an order holding St. Bernard Parish and the Parish Council in contempt for violating the terms of a 2008 Consent Order, which among other things enjoins them from violating the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs GNOFHAC and Provident Realty Advisors, Inc. ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Issues Building Permits

    After defying a federal judge’s order for more than two weeks and garnering $40,000 in fines, St. Bernard Parish today issued building permits for three of four contentious mixed-income apartment construction sites in Chalmette. 7-6-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Issues Contentious Apartment Building Permits” here 7-8-11 Read the nola.com editorial “St. Bernard Parish ...
  • Judge Partially Grants Another Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On June 30, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order, partially granting the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) latest emergency motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. The order also requires the Parish to issue permits for Provident Realty Advisors’ sites Woodlands, Parc Place, and Magnolia by 3pm on July ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Another Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On June 22, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed an emergency motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. The motion “requests that the Court issue an immediate order enforcing its June 20, 2011 Order; ordering Defendants to immediately provide water taps and authorize the release of electricity; holding Defendants in ...
  • Federal Judge Grants Relief In Part, Requires Parish to Provide Essential Utilities to Developer

    On June 20, 2011, Federal Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order partially granting the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors latest motion to hold St. Bernard Parish in contempt of court.  The order requires St. Bernard Parish to allow Entergy to release electricity to developer Provident Realty Advisors’ sites, ...
  • Resistance to Mixed Income Housing in St. Bernard Parish Still Driven by Racial Discrimination

    On June 6, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued another order in the legal battle between the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC)/Provident Realty Advisors and St. Bernard Parish.  In her order, Judge Berrigan denies St. Bernard’s motion for the court to issue a cease and desist order and sets a timeline ...
  • Taffaro Issues Cease and Desist Order in Response to State Court Ruling, then Rescinds Rather than Face Stiff Fines from Federal Judge

    On April 8, 2011, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro ordered work stopped on the four mixed-income apartment complexes being built by Provident Realty Advisors in Chalmette because they don’t have proper parish permits. But U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan quickly ordered him to rescind the order or face contempt-of-court fines beginning today at 5 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Launches Campaign to Counteract Discriminatory Actions of St. Bernard Parish

    On March 23, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) launched a new campaign to counteract the racially discriminatory housing practices of St. Bernard Parish.  The “Enough is Enough St. Bernard” campaign seeks to encourage both residents and non-residents of St. Bernard Parish to tell St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro and ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against St. Bernard Parish; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order

    On March 3, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed in federal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against St. Bernard Parish. GNOFHAC requested in its motion that St. Bernard Parish be enjoined from issuing any cease and desist orders or other orders intended to stop work on, or ...
  • Federal Judge Extends Consent Decree in St. Bernard Case; Parish moves to Rescind Discriminatory Ordinances

    On February 28, 2011, the Honorable Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order to extend the Consent Order in the case of Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, et al vs. St. Bernard Parish, et al until December 31, 2011.  Plaintiffs asked for an extension of the Consent Order in a February 24, 2011 status ...
  • St. Bernard Halts Work on Apartments; Taffaro Says Site May Have Wetlands

    St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday morning, stopping construction of four mixed-income apartment complexes in Chalmette that have been at the center of a long legal battle between the parish and fair housing advocates. Taffaro said he issued the order Tuesday morning over concerns that part of the land being ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Fifth Motion For Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On January 14, 2011 the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors filed a fifth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a February 2008 Consent Order. In December 2010, Congress extended the placed in service dates for the tax credits that Provident ...
  • HUD Files a Complaint Against St. Bernard Parish; St. Bernard Repeals Zoning Laws

    HUD files a complaint against St. Bernard Parish. 1-29-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Multi-Family Housing Battle Opens New Front” here 2-2-11 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Council poised to give up fight over mixed-income apartments” here 2-13-11 Read Jarvis DeBerry’s column “Don’t give the bigots a reason to gloat” here 2-7-11 Read the nola.com ...
  • Fair Housing Center keeps pressure on St. Bernard Parish

    While the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased with the St. Bernard Parish Council’s vote to overturn an ordinance that would put a multi-family ban on the ballot for a public vote, it will continue to closely monitor the parish for any actions that violate the Fair Housing Act. GNOFHAC is ...
  • St. Bernard Parish File Notice Indicating They May Rescind Ordinance

    On October 21, 2009, St. Bernard Parish filed a notice with the court stating that they have introduced an ordinance to rescind the 2009 multi-family housing ban challenged in GNOFHAC’s Motion for Contempt. 10-21-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council might remove apartment ban from November ballot” here 10-23-09 Read Jarvis DeBerry’s editorial “Parish backs ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Fourth Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On October 13, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a fourth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a Consent Order. On September 15, 2009, Parish officials passed an ordinance to hold a public vote on a moratorium on multi-family ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Issues Provident Realty Advisors 4 Building Permits

    On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish finally approved the building permits Provident Realty Advisors needed to start construction on four mixed income housing developments long delayed by the illegal and discriminatory actions of St. Bernard Parish officials. Parish Council members approved issuing the permits during a special meeting. On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Council Considers Ballot Referendum

    In September, 2009, St. Bernard Parish Council considered a ballot referendum that would fource any developer to seek voter approval in order to build large developments in the Parish. 9-5-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council housing plan drawing fire” here 9-9-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish in court again today for fair ...
  • Fair Housing Center Partially Granted Third Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On September 11, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan generally granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors’ third motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. Judge Berrigan enjoins the Parish from “interfering or withholding approval of Provident’s re-subdivision applications,” deems Provident’s re-subdivision applications approved, sets forth ...
  • Fair Housing Center Granted Second Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish

    On August 17, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors’ second motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. Judge Berrigan writes that by “subverting the re-subdivision process” to prevent Provident Realty Advisors from moving forward on construction of four multi-family housing ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Motion for Contempt; St. Bernard Parish Must Pay Fees, Costs and Damages

    On March 25, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan ruled that St. Bernard Parish violated a February 2008 Consent Order by banning the construction of multi-family housing in St. Bernard Parish. On July 22, 2009, Judge Berrigan held that by violating the Consent Order, the Parish was in contempt of the Order and that ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish; Parish Must Rescind Moratorium

    On March 25, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) motion seeking enforcement of a Consent Order entered on February 7, 2008 in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District ...
  • GNOFHAC Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish Goes to Court

    Testimony began on March 11, 2009 in lawsuit challenging St. Bernard Parish multi-family housing moratorium. 3-11-09 Read the Times Picayune press coverage here 3-13-09 Read the Times PIcayune article “Housing dispute in the hands of judge” here
  • Fair Housing Center Seeks Repeal of St. Bernard Multi-Family Moratorium

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a motion today seeking enforcement of a Consent Order entered on February 27, 2008, in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. GNOFHAC’s motion alleges that St. ...
  • GNOFHAC Secures Attorneys Fees from St. Bernard Parish

    St. Bernard Parish must pay $123,771.92 in fees and costs to attorneys representing the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and an individual plaintiff pursuant to a court order issued in Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. St. Bernard Parish et al, Case No. 06-7185, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. The fees ...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Rental Ordinance

    A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting St. Bernard Parish from enforcing an ordinance requiring special permits to rent out houses that weren’t rentals before Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance’s order bars the parish from evicting dozens of tenants by shutting off utilities at homes rented by a group ...
  • Lawsuit Challenges St. Bernard Permissive Use Ordinance

    A group of out-of-state investors who bought and renovated 80 flood-damaged homes in St. Bernard Parish has filed a lawsuit to overturn a parish ordinance requiring special permits to rent the homes. 3-23-08 Read the Time Picayune article “Lawsuit seeks to evict rent rules” here
  • GNOFHAC Settles Lawsuit Against St. Bernard Parish

    On February 28, 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center announced the settlement of its lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish regarding a discriminatory local ordinance. St. Bernard Parish has agreed to pay a $32,500 settlement over a 2006 ordinance, since repealed, that restricted the rental of a home to blood relatives of the ...
  • St. Bernard Parish Agrees to Halt Enforcement of Discriminatory Ordinance

    On November 13, 2006, St. Bernard Parish agreed to suspend enforcement of a September 2006 ordinance barring single-family homeowners from renting to anyone except blood relatives without the special permission of the Parish Council. The agreement comes on the heels of the filing of a motion for preliminary injunction last week by the Greater New ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against St. Bernard Parish

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit this morning against St. Bernard Parish in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The suit prays for a permanent injunction restraining St. Bernard Parish from enforcing its single-family and blood-relative ordinances. GNOFHAC will host a news conference at 1:00 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Calls on St. Bernard Parish to Repeal Discriminatory Ordinance; Ordinance May Ban Non-White Renters

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) calls on St. Bernard Parish to repeal a discriminatory ordinance recently passed by the Parish Council. According to the St. Bernard Parish website, “Except with a special permit, owners who weren’t previously renting out a single-family residence in R-1 zones will now be prohibited from ...
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