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  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Over Insurance Discrimination Against Voucher Landlords

    New Orleans—Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and a New Orleans landlord filed suit against Covington Specialty Insurance Company, Mesa Underwriters Specialty Insurance Company, and Hull & Company, Inc. in federal court. The suit alleges the insurance companies discriminate against New Orleans landlords who rent to families utilizing Housing Choice Vouchers ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Case: Property Manager Refuses to Rent to African Americans

    New Orleans—Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the owners and operators of a Westbank apartment complex, alleging the property manager refused to rent to African Americans on multiple occasions. During litigation, the property manager at the Dorian Apartments admitted that she had not ...
  • Deutsche Bank Accused of Discrimination in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and 28 Other Cities

    National Fair Housing Alliance, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and 18 Other Fair Housing Centers Charge Deutsche Bank and its Preservation Maintenance Companies with Housing Discrimination based on Race and National Origin Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, LA — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Greater New Orleans Fair ...
  • Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and 36 U.S. Metro Areas

    National Fair Housing Alliance, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures WASHINGTON, D.C. and New Orleans, LA — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination lawsuit ...
  • Fair Housing Center Welcomes HUD Guidance on Criminal Backgrounds

    Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) welcomes new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which makes clear that blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.  Further, the new guidance puts private landlords on notice that they ...
  • Increased Racial Segregation, Lack of Access to Basic Services Plague Housing Choice Voucher Families

    Today the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a study documenting extreme barriers to opportunity in the housing choice voucher program. The report is entitled Practical Steps to End Poverty for Families in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. While voucher families account for almost 25% of all rental households in New Orleans, the report ...
  • Housing and Urban Development Regulation Establishes National Fair Housing Standard

    Today marked the close of public comments on proposed federal guidance issued by the Obama Administration formalizing harassment investigations and corporate accountability under the federal Fair Housing Act. The proposed rule’s implications have real implications for fair housing in greater New Orleans. For example, such guidance would have applied to Michael and Denise Thornton, a Metairie ...
  • Fair Housing Case Settles: Landlords Use Racial Epithets, Discriminate Against Minorities

    Today, a federal court entered a consent judgment resolving a lawsuit that the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) had filed against landlords Brion, Jappy and John Ebey, Jr., and Lime Investment Company.  The suit alleged that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern of racial discrimination ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Domestic Violence Complaint

    New Orleans- Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) settled a federal complaint on behalf of a client against Latter & Blum Property Management, Inc. and Chateau Carre Apartments Limited Partnership arising out of a threatened eviction of a mother and her toddler son after she suffered an incidence of domestic abuse ...
  • Study Finds: Criminal Background Policies Used As Cover For Discrimination

    New Orleans, LA—On Monday, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a new investigation revealing that New Orleans area housing providers treated prospective renters with criminal backgrounds differently based on the applicants’ race. GNOFHAC conducted a testing investigation of 50 area housing providers, in which mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters inquired about ...
  • Housing Clinic Rights Clinic, September 24, 2015 at Baton Rouge Community College

    On Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) will host a free housing clinic at Baton Rouge Community College in the Dumas Conference Room of the Magnolia Building. The event is open to the public and will ...
  • Cashauna Hill Joins President Obama, Discusses Geography of Opportunity in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS – Today, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) Executive Director Cashauna Hill joined U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, and a small group of community advocates at a roundtable discussion of ongoing challenges facing the City of New Orleans. The President, who is in town to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of ...
  • GNOFHAC Welcomes President Obama’s Renewed Commitment To Ending Housing Segregation

    NEW ORLEANS – Wednesday, July 8, the Obama Administration released new regulations that can provide important pathways to opportunity for New Orleans residents. The new fair housing regulation – aimed at promoting diverse, inclusive communities and overcoming the negative effects of segregation – was issued today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...
  • Fair Housing Settles Housing Discrimination Complaint

    NEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) has settled a fair housing complaint filed with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and a federal lawsuit against Lakeview property-owner Jeff Crosby. The HUD complaint and the federal lawsuit alleged that Crosby violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against ...
  • A LANDMARK Fair Housing victory at the Supreme Court!

    President Obama recently said in an interview that racism is no longer “just a matter of overt discrimination.” Today, the United States Supreme Court announced a landmark 5-4 ruling ensuring that we have the tools to fight back against housing discrimination in all its forms. The decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The ...
  • Substantial Wins Despite a Tough Year: GNOFHAC’s Wrap of the 2015 Legislative Session

    The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned Sine Die yesterday, with some significant gains for Fair Housing. The hard work paid off with the passage of two bills establishing housing protections for victims of domestic violence and the death of a third that would have institutionalized discrimination against LGBT people and struck religious protections. SB 174: The Louisiana ...
  • SB 174: A Historic Victory in Louisiana

    This morning, thanks to supporters like you, the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill to protect victims of domestic violence from unnecessary evictions. I’m thrilled to report that the bill- the first of its kind in our state- is now on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law! We’ve been fighting on behalf of ...
  • Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination

    Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 34 U.S. Metro Areas NFHA and 19 Civil Rights Groups File HUD Complaint Over Neglected Foreclosures WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Wednesday, May 13, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local fair housing organizations announced the filing with HUD of a housing discrimination complaint against Fannie Mae, one ...
  • FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), a private nonprofit organization dedicated to ending housing discrimination in Louisiana, is pleased to announce the selection of Cashauna Hill, Esq., as its new Executive Director.  Ms. Hill was selected by GNOFHAC’s Board of Directors to succeed outgoing Executive Director James Perry, who has led the ...
  • Fair Housing Center Applauds Council Members for Listening to Community Concerns; Urges Legislation

    During a hearing of the Community Development Committee this afternoon, Councilmembers listened to the concerns of a broad array of community members about the widespread problem of poor conditions in New Orleans rental homes. Individuals and organizations including tenants and landlords testified about their frustrations with the current under-resourced and complaint driven system for code ...
  • Fair Housing Center Joins Rally at Supreme Court to Protect the Fair Housing Act

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Supreme Court will hear Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, a case that could threaten the long-standing legal theory of disparate impact, which has protected all Americans from discrimination for decades. James Perry, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center ...
  • St. Bernard Parish to Pay $1.8 Million to Settle Decade Long Fair Housing Center Suit

    Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced that it has settled all claims against St. Bernard Parish stemming from a 2006 lawsuit that challenged Parish ordinances designed to restrict rentals. These ordinances included the “blood relative ordinance,” which stipulated that owners of single-family homes could only rent to their blood relatives. ...
  • Fair Housing Center Agrees to Settle Disability Discrimination Case for over $200,000 in Fees and Damages

    On Wednesday, the City of Baton Rouge approved an agreement with Oxford House, Inc., Danjean Causeway, LLC and Glenda and Raymond Roy to settle a 2011 federal complaint of disability discrimination against the City.  The agreement settles all matters on appeal and requires the City to pay $240,000 in attorneys fees to plaintiffs, who operate ...
  • For Rent: Unsafe, Overpriced Home for the Holidays

    New Orleans- Today, a coalition of community organizations including the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) released a white paper that reveals the prevalence of unsafe and unhealthy conditions in the City’s rental homes, in spite of rapidly rising rents.  The data ...
  • STUDY FINDS: AFRICAN AMERICAN RENTERS FACE HIGH RATE OF DISCRIMINATION IN NEW ORLEANS UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOODS

    On Thursday, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a new report revealing troubling levels of housing discrimination against African Americans in New Orleans’ high opportunity neighborhoods. The study, Where Opportunity Knocks the Doors Are Locked, found that African American mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters were either denied the opportunity to ...
  • Fair Housing Center Awarded Over $1 Million in Federal Grants to Fight Housing Discrimination

    Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center was awarded three grants through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue fighting housing discrimination throughout Louisiana. The competitive grants are funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and total over a million dollars over the course of three years. The Center received ...
  • Fair Housing Center Launches Nationwide Search for New Executive Director

    NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announces a nationwide search for a new executive director. James Perry, the current Executive Director, informed the board of directors of his intention to resign his role in early 2015. Perry, who has led the Center since 2005, will transition into an ...
  • Civil Rights Groups Expand Discrimination Complaint against Bank of America

    Civil Rights Organizations Add Cleveland, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Vallejo to Federal Complaint over Neglected Foreclosures WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and three of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by Bank of America.  The civil rights groups allege that Bank of America continues to maintain and market bank-owned ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Federal Race Discrimination Suit in Slidell; Landlord Agrees to Pay Damages and Use Property Manager

    Yesterday, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) settled a federal lawsuit against landlord Steven Stubenrauch. The suit alleged that Stubenrauch violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in racial discrimination in the rental of an apartment in Slidell, Louisiana.  As a result of the settlement, Stubenrauch will pay $15,000 in damages ...
  • City Takes Major Step Forward for Persons with Disabilities

    NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today marks the beginning of public hearings for the New Orleans’ City Planning Commission’s final Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) and a major step forward for persons with disabilities. The new reasonable accommodations policy ensures that all New Orleanians will be able to fully access and enjoy their housing. A “reasonable accommodations” policy ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Over Discrimination Against Deaf Homeseekers

    On Friday, July 11, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and one deaf plaintiff filed suit against Craig Tolbert, owner of NOLA Apartments, in federal court. The complaint alleges the company discriminated against deaf individuals seeking to rent apartments. Specifically, NOLA Apartments employees misrepresented the availability of housing and made discriminatory ...
  • Target ® Sponsors the Fair Housing Five!

    Exciting news! GNOFHAC has received a grant from Target® to lead numerous Fair Housing Five workshops with any youth camp or organization across the greater New Orleans area this summer. With this generous grant, GNOFHAC will be able to distribute our original children’s book to the youth organizations and lead the workshops for free.  These workshops will involve ...
  • 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 ...
  • FAQ on Senate Bill 233

    Q&A on SB233 Q: Does SB 233 create a liability for landlords that evict abusers? A: No. Q: What if the abuser is found to be innocent? A: Under SB 233, a perpetrator of domestic violence may lawfully be evicted from housing and barred from returning regardless of whether he has been charged with or convicted of crime relating ...
  • Support GNOFHAC on #GiveNOLA Day!

    Tuesday May 6th: GNOFHAC Happy Hour and #GiveNOLA Day On Tuesday, May 6, GNOFHAC will participate in #GiveNOLA Day, a citywide, online day of giving where every dollar donated to local nonprofits will be maximized with additional funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It’s one day only, so make your donations online between midnight and ...
  • Fair Housing Center Expresses Concerns Over Possible Civil Rights Violation in Relation to St. George Incorporation

    On Wednesday, representatives of the Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) publicly indicated for the first time that the organization, in partnership with national litigation partners, is studying the St. George incorporation effort regarding concerns that it may violate federal civil rights laws. FHAC Executive Director James Perry commented “A review of information about the impacts of ...
  • 2nd Annual GNOFHAC Crawfish Boil

    Join GNOFHAC Thursday, April 24th at 5:30 pm as we close out Fair Housing Month with our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil. Family, friends, community members, and supporters are invited to join the Fair Housing Center’s staff and board at our offices, located at 404 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, for free crawfish and drinks while engaging ...
  • Largest Property Preservation Company in Nation Accused of Housing Discrimination

    For Immediate Release April 8, 2014 Contact:   Kate Scott        kscott@gnofairhousing.org         (504)596-2100 Largest Property Preservation Company in Nation Accused of Housing Discrimination Safeguard Properties Accused of Racial Discrimination in Maintenance of Foreclosed Homes in Dayton, Toledo, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Memphis Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and three of ...
  • Fair Housing Month 2014 Educational Events

    FAIR HOUSING CENTER COMMEMORATES FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2014 WITH SERIES OF FREE EVENTS On April 1, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced a series of events to occur throughout the month in commemoration of National Fair Housing Month. Each event is free and open to the public, and accessible to people ...
  • 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 ...
  • GNOFHAC Commentary Published in the ABA’s Journal For Affordable Housing And Community Development

    Assistant Director Kate Scott and Development and Communications Coordinator Marlene Theberge discuss GNOFHAC’s work in Volume 22-2 of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law — click here for the full article.
  • GNOFHAC Joins in Complaint Against U.S. Bank

    U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination Civil Rights Organizations Add Dallas, Hampton Roads, Va., New Haven and New Orleans and New Evidence in D.C. Area to Complaint against U.S. Bank WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil ...
  • 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 ...
  • Policy Analyst Position Open

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center has an opening for a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will support the organization’s legislative and regulatory work at the local, state and federal levels on a variety of housing related and civil rights issues. The position requires strong analytic and writing abilities. Responsibilities include, but are not ...
  • Baton Rouge Community Revitalization Fund Application

    In June 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development reached an historic conciliation agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The agreement resulted from a federal housing discrimination complaint originally filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), GNOFHAC, and 12 other fair housing organizations around the country. The complaint alleged that Wells Fargo-owned ...
  • Fair Housing Five 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 ...
  • Summer Law Clerk Job Announcement

    Description: The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks dedicated, motivated, and talented law students for summer 2014 internships. About GNOFHAC: GNOFHAC is a private, non-profit civil rights organization that was established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area through education, investigation, and enforcement activities. GNOFHAC ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Federal Race Discrimination Suit on Eve of MLK Holiday

    On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) settled a federal lawsuit against landlord Gerald Ditta. The suit alleged that Ditta violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern of systemic race discrimination in the rental of his Gretna, LA property.  As a result of the ...
  • Keynote Speaker Announced for Fit for King 2014: Ben Jealous

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is pleased to announce they keynote speaker for the Fit for King 2014 Summit: Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Jealous will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life by exploring the question: “Are We Winning the Struggle ...
  • Baton Rouge Added to National Housing Discrimination Complaint Against U.S. Bank Over Discriminatory Upkeep of REO Properties

    Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) joined the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and several other fair housing centers from across the country in announcing that they have amended a previously filed federal housing discrimination complaint against U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank National Bank Association (U.S. Bank) to include new evidence.  ...
  • News Conference Today (9/19) about Lower 9th Ward Rental Housing

    Families, Elected Officials and Advocates Call on State to Support Lower 9th Ward Rental Housing- 8 years after Katrina, more than $100 billion allocated, but not one dollar spent to rebuild affordable rental housing in Lower 9th Ward Date: September 19, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM Location: Vacant lot behind 409 Andry St., New Orleans, LA (rain location: model ...
  • New Orleans residents will push leaders to improve rentals

    Today, the New Orleans City Council will host a citywide meeting to hear from residents about reducing blight in New Orleans.  The special meeting of the City Council’s Housing and Human Needs Committee will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council chamber located at 1300 Perdido Street.  The Fair Housing Center, in concert with ...
  • New Orleans Fair Housing Center, National Fair Housing Alliance and Wells Fargo Announce Partnership To Rebuild Homeownership Opportunities in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and 18 other Cities

    Ground-Breaking Fair Housing Agreement in Marketing and Maintenance of Foreclosed Properties WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 13 of its member organizations announced a partnership with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. that will provide funds in 19 cities to foster homeownership, assist with ...
  • 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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Commemorates Fair Housing Month 2013 with Free Educational Events

    On April 1, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced a series of educational events to occur throughout the month in commemoration of National Fair Housing Month.  Each event is free and open to the public, though registration may be required.  For more details about GNOFHAC’s celebration of Fair Housing Month 2013, please ...
  • Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Baton Rouge Discrimination Case

    Last week, the Honorable Judge James Brady, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, granted a motion for summary judgment in the caseOxford House, Inc., et al vs. City of Baton Rouge.  In his ruling, Judge Brady found that the City of Baton Rouge violated the Fair Housing Act and American with Disabilities Act by: Refusing ...
  • HANO Adopts More Inclusive Criminal Background Policy

    Yesterday the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) adopted a new criminal background policy, which goes a long way to expand housing choice and provide safe, decent and affordable housing to the community it serves.  The criminal background policy is what HANO uses in order to decide how an individual’s criminal background affects their ability ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Keynote Speaker Lani Guinier for 6th Annual Fit for King Celebration

    On January 3, 2013, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) announced that Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will serve as keynote speaker at the Center’s 6th Annual Fit for King Celebration on January 18, 2013.  Professor Guinier will address conference attendees during a keynote luncheon at ...
  • Homeless Shelter Opens Doors to Pregnant Women and Others

    On December 3, 2012, at the urging of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), the New Orleans Mission agreed to implement a policy of non-discrimination.  The agreement ends a nearly yearlong process of negotiation over the Mission’s previous, longstanding policy of refusing shelter to women who are more than six months pregnant. ...
  • 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 Shares Ideas with White House

    On September 13, Louisiana community leaders, advocates, and housing experts traveled to the Nation’s Capital to meet with White House officials about implementing the necessary solutions to the housing crisis that has enveloped Louisiana. American families continue to face a crisis in housing, with 2 million foreclosure filings this year, and millions more at risk. Over ...
  • Fair Housing Center Wins Prize in International Competition for Innovative Youth Programs

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased to announce that its “Equal Opportunity Game” youth workshop has been selected as a winner of the Ashoka Changemakers “Activating Empathy” competition.  The purpose of the “Activating Empathy” competition is to identify innovative projects that build empathy and leadership skills in young people.  GNOFHAC’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Over Sexual Harassment In Housing

    On December 2, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and bona fide complainant “Jane Doe” filed suit against Ore Duckworth, a landlord in New Orleans, LA for discrimination on the basis of sex, including severe, pervasive and unwelcome sexual harassment, battery and assault.  The lawsuit stems from multiple incidents that occurred ...
  • Fair Housing Center Files Suit Against Landlord Over Discrimination Against Latino Renters

    On November 11, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit against Maureen Dowty, a landlord in Mandeville, Louisiana, for discrimination in the rental of housing on the basis of race and national origin. The lawsuit stems from tests conducted by GNOFHAC. During these tests, Dowty told GNOFHAC’s Latino tester that ...
  • 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. ...
  • Landlord Agrees to Pay $ 70,000 to Settle Race Discrimination Lawsuit

    New Orleans landlords Betty Bouchon, the Bouchon Limited Family Partnership and Sapphire Corp., have agreed to pay $70,000 in damages and civil penalties to settle a lawsuit alleging they unlawfully denied housing to African-American prospective renters at a 16-unit apartment building located in New Orleans. In December 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center(GNOFHAC) ...
  • State Amends Problematic Hurricane Relief Program

    CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS SETTLE HURRICANE KATRINA HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST HUD AND LOUISIANA – STATE AMENDS PROBLEMATIC HURRICANE RELIEF PROGRAM Today, African-American homeowners and two civil rights organizations announced a settlement in a post-Hurricane Katrina housing discrimination lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana regarding the ...
  • 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, ...
  • Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order in Baton Rouge Disability Discrimination Case

    On June 10, 2011, the Honorable Judge James Brady, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the City of Baton Rouge from enforcing its “two (2) unrelated persons residing in an A-I zone” rule against two Oxford House, Inc. homes.  Additionally, until a hearing is held, the City ...
  • Fair Housing Center Receives Prestigious Award for Contribution to Fair Housing Movement

    On June 6, 2011 the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) awarded the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) its prestigious Chairman’s Award for GNOFHAC’s contribution to the Fair Housing Movement. NFHA Board Chair Jim McCarthy presented the award to GNOFHAC staff before an assembled audience of fair housing advocates from around the country ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tell HUD & The State of Louisiana to Fix the Discriminatory Road Home Program!

    In 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a lawsuit against the State of Louisiana and HUD because the design of the Road Home program, the program designed to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina, is inherently racially discriminatory. A few weeks ago GNOFHAC was engaged in promising settlement talks with ...
  • Protect the Future of Affordable Housing in Louisiana

    Governor Jindal is proposing the dismantling of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA). House Bill 590 and Senate Bill 249 by Rep. Thomas Carmody and Senator Neil Riser seeks to dismantle LHFA. The bills claim to work towards streamlining government by combining housing programs. Sign the petition to protect LHFA and the future of affordable ...
  • Strategies To Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans

    On April 27, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and national partner the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) released a handbook entitled “Strategies to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Beyond” to address impediments to fair housing in New ...
  • 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 Files Suit Against the Housing Authority of the City of Bossier Over Sexual Harassment

    On April 7, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the City of Bossier City Housing Authority. Complainants GNOFHAC and Shameka Banks allege that the Housing Authority violated the fair housing rights of Ms. Banks by ...
  • Fair Housing Center Settles Two Familial Status Housing Discrimination Cases for $ 49,500

    This week, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) entered into conciliation agreements with two rental-housing companies in the New Orleans area that discriminated on the basis of family status (whether or not there are children under the age of 18 living in a household). Under the conciliation agreements Lexi Properties, LLC and NOLA ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Client Featured in Louisiana Weekly Article

    On February 21, Glenneice Davenport, a client of GNOFHAC’s Homeownership Protection Project (HOP), was featured in the Lousiana Weekly. Entitled “Stealing the American Dream of homeownership,” the article focuses on homeowners who were caught in predatory loan situations after Katrina. 2-21-11 Read the article here.
  • 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 ...
  • Fair Housing Center Announces Fourth Annual Fit for King Celebration

    On January 14th, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will host the fourth annual Fit For a King fair housing summit in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. GNOFHAC invites New Orleanians committed to civil rights and social justice to attend. This year’s theme is “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing ...
  • 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 Files Suit Against Landlord Over Blatant Racial Housing Discrimination

    On December 17, 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed suit against the Bouchon Family Limited Partnership and Betty Bouchon.  The lawsuit stems from two unrelated complaints of discrimination by housing consumers.  Both complained that Ms. Bouchon was using race to discriminate against renters at a sixteen (16) unit housing complex ...
  • Fair Housing Center Releases New Book For Children; The Fair Housing Five

    On December 11th, 2010, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) officially released its new book for children, The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House.  The book explores the issue of fair housing through the eyes of a young girl and her friends who take a stand when they discover that a ...
  • Action Alert: Tell HUD Secetary Donovan To Fix Discrimination In Road Home Program Today!

    Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging “the State of Louisiana immediately to take appropriate actions to implement the U.S. District Court ruling” issued by the honorable Judge Kennedy in August regarding the discrimination inherent to Louisiana’s Road Home Program.  We’ve sent a copy of the resolution to the state ...
  • Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction In Fair Housing Center’s Road Home Case

    On Thursday, September 22, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an injunction protecting remaining funds from the Road Home Program.  The injunction prevents then State from expending funds while the plaintiffs put on evidence that the formula used by Louisiana and HUD has had a discriminatory effect.  The ...
  • GNOFHAC Director Comments on Iberville Redevelopment

    “With little fanfare or public conversation, the Housing Authority of New Orleans has begun the redevelopment process of the city’s last major pre-Katrina public housing complex — the Iberville development… Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Executive Director James Perry said that he did not know of any public outreach done about the redevelopment. ‘I’ve heard ...
  • Federal Judge Rules that Road Home Program is Likely Discriminatory; New Orleans City Council Adopts Resolution Urging State to Take Appropriate Action

    Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging “the State of Louisiana immediately to take appropriate actions to implement the U.S. District Court ruling” issued by the honorable Judge Kennedy in August regarding the discrimination inherent to Louisiana’s Road Home Program. GNOFHAC sent a copy of the resolution to the ...
  • Fair Housing Executive Director Urges Congress To Address Government Sponsored Housing Discrimination In Gulf Region

    On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) Executive Director James Perry testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  Perry reported that in the Gulf Coast region since Katrina, “the most egregious cases of discrimination have been perpetuated by government actors entrusted to serve ...
  • Tell Congress To Reauthorize The National Flood Insurance Program!

    Fourteen days into the 2010 hurricane season, Congress has yet to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which lapsed on May 31, 2010.  This means that the NFIP no longer has the authority to issue new policies, increase coverage on existing policies, or issue renewal policies. Affected property owners could include those who need ...
  • Anti-Immigrant House Bill 1205 Likely Violates The Federal Fair Housing Act

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) opposes House Bill 1205, “Louisiana Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2010,” because it is likely a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.  The bill will increase racial profiling and discrimination on the basis of national origin in the state of Louisiana.  Please call Representative ...
  • GNOFHAC & Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Produce 2009 HCVP Opportunity Maps

    The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and mapping specialists at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University have created a series of maps that overlay Housing Authority of New Orleans’ (HANO) data showing the locations of Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) properties, on opportunity maps ...
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