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  • 2014 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped last week. GNOFHAC fought vigorously to pass legislation that would expand fair housing protections to the LGBT community and victims of domestic violence, enrolling the support of over 50 organizations statewide, dozens of legislators, and hundreds of individual supporters. Ultimately, too many Louisiana legislators bowed to hate ...
  • Louisiana House of Representatives Votes Against Victims of Domestic Violence

    On Thursday, May 29, the Louisiana House of Representatives failed to pass Senate Bill 233 by a vote of 34-63.  SB233 would have provided housing protections to victims of domestic violence.   The bill passed unanimously through a Senate Committee, the Senate Floor, and a House Committee. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) joined ...
  • The choice to protect domestic violence victims is simple

    We have a client right now who was evicted from her apartment literally because her ex-boyfriend showed up uninvited and brutalized her to the point of hospitalization. So we’ve pulled out all the stops in order to get state law changed so that this never happens to another woman in Louisiana. TAKE ACTION NOW! Senate President Pro ...
  • Urge Your Legislator to Support Expansion of the Louisiana Equal Housing Act

    Everyone in Louisiana deserves a fair opportunity to find a place to call home. The Louisiana State Legislative session just started last week, and we’re committed to making sure that state laws promote equal housing opportunity! GNOFHAC is working with a broad coalition of partners to expand housing choice for all Louisiana residents. One crucial part ...
  • At Large Candidates Take a Stand on Rental Housing Conditions

    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 ...
  • UPDATE: Vice President, Rep. Cantor Working to Reauthorize VAWA

    Last spring we posted a piece about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), its importance for New Orleans, and the need for Congress to reauthorize the bill. VAWA hasn’t historically been a controversial bill, but when this Congress failed to reauthorize it, it expired in September of 2011, taking with it important legal protections for survivors of domestic violence.  While ...

Disparate Impact Analysis:

Just because banks, landlords or other parties may not mean to discriminate doesn’t mean policies don’t negatively impact a group of people. Disparate impact analysis is an established legal doctrine that civil rights advocates use to help enforce laws like the Fair Housing Act.  Disparate impact analysis establishes culpability or fault for a policy that is developed with little attention to, or understanding of, the potential impact on a protected group of people. Read more here.

Immigration and Undocumented Persons:

Under existing federal fair housing laws, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of an individual’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status.  Inclusion of national origin as a protected class under the Fair Housing Act means that it is illegal to discriminate based on a person’s birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. However, in enforcing the Fair Housing Act, two systemic challenges are often faced.    Read more here.