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We can stop forcing Louisianans from their homes
We see couches, cribs, and family keepsakes piled on our streets far too often. That’s because Louisiana makes it easier than nearly any other state for landlords to force people from their homes. State legislators have a chance to change our laws. Senate Bill 28, by Sen. Ed Price, would bring us into alignment with […]
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How communities are fighting to save New Orleans from an Airbnb takeover
Originally published at https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/04/new-orleans-airbnb/. Reposted with permission. Along Governor Nicholls street in New Orleans there are cars from all across the country parked in front of renovated shotguns and Creole cottages. The plates bear the origins of the travelers: some hail from nearby Mississippi, Alabama, or Arkansas, while others have descended upon the Big Easy from farther-flung […]
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Fair Housing Legislative Updates
The Louisiana Legislature is in full swing. Several bills may help Louisianans stay in our homes—whether we rent or own—even as prices climb. 1) Senate bills 79 and 80 by Sen. Troy Carter will allow the City of New Orleans to reduce taxes on long-time, lower-income homeowners to ensure we aren’t gentrified out of our homes […]
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How to Recognize Racial Discrimination in Rentals
There are a million reasons why trying to find a new apartment is stressful and challenging. When looking for a new place you may be asking yourself: Can I afford the rent? Is it in a location that I like? Is the house big enough for my family? Unfortunately, many people in our community also […]
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Testing for Discrimination
At GNOFHAC, we use testing as a tool to enforce fair housing laws. Testing is done by trained mystery shoppers who take on the role of a prospective homeowner or renter for the purpose of gathering information to identify unlawful discrimination and to ensure that individuals or companies are in compliance with the law.  In […]
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Volunteer Month: How to Get Involved in the Fight for Fair Housing
April is Volunteer Month, and we want to appreciate our amazing volunteers! Thank you for your continued contributions in support of our work. If you follow us on social media or have attended our events, here’s a few ways you can get more involved! Events We are always looking for volunteers are our numerous annual […]
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New Orleans’ Eviction Geography
On Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, community members filled the Robert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design for a conversation on New Orleans’ Eviction Geography. Professor Davida Finger of Loyola Law School, the main researcher responsible for the three-year study, opened the panel by explaining the need for residents of New Orleans to reframe housing […]
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The Smart Housing Mix can’t wait
Amy Stelly, whose family has lived in the Treme for many generations, has watched her neighborhood rapidly change. Since 2000, there has been a 30 percentage point drop in the share of Black people in Treme. Hardworking people are worried they will be forced to leave because of skyrocketing housing costs. The Smart Housing Mix […]
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Criminal Background Protections under the Fair Housing Act
Those with criminal backgrounds often face enormous hurdles finding housing after coming home from incarceration. Sometimes, the challenges people face finding stable, affordable housing may contribute to recidivism. Though it’s sometimes legal for a landlord to turn down an applicant because of a specific criminal conviction, general bans on renting to formerly incarcerated people (FIPs) […]
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Remembering the Chicago Freedom Movement
Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, and the Fair Housing was passed exactly one week later, on April 11th. The Fair Housing Act was passed largely in response to the mass protests and riots that erupted directly after Dr. King’s assassination. A month prior, the report of the National Advisory Commission […]