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Homeownership and COVID-19
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination in the rental, sale, and financing of a home based on race or national origin.  Unfortunately, discriminatory practices and their legacies live on today throughout the United States. Redlining refers to a lending practice from the 1930s in which banks would deny families of color home loans […]
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LaFHAC Recommends NO on Constitutional Amendments 5 & 6
Louisiana’s current state constitution was passed in 1974 and rather than being a limited document that stands the test of time, it already has 197 amendments. Legislators are constantly proposing changes—often represented on the ballot in complicated legalese—that must go before the voters. Of the seven constitutional amendments and one local proposition on the ballot […]
National Mental Health Day and Your Right to Accommodations
Saturday, October 10, 2020 is National Mental Health Day.  This presents the perfect opportunity to share information about fair housing for individuals with disabilities. The Federal Fair Housing Act passed in 1968 and amended in 1988 increases equal housing opportunities by making it illegal to discriminate against people based on their race, color, religion, national […]
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Housing Discrimination Is Locking Out Families in our Community
The Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 and amended in 1988.  It was meant to create more equality in housing practice.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of homes based on membership in protected classes.  These protected classes include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and family status. […]
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Laura Recovery for Homeowners: Getting Started
Our thoughts are with the communities who suffered damage due to Hurricane Laura. Below is some basic information for homeowners to assist with navigating insurance coverage, FEMA assistance, mortgage concerns and contractors in the wake of a disaster. We will be updating this guide as more specific information and resources become available. Please check back […]
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The President’s Racist Tweets Illuminate Our Long-Standing Fight for Fair Housing!
In a ploy to garner votes through fear-mongering, President Trump went on a racist Twitter tirade, attacking HUD’s mandate to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). This mandate, which was instituted by the Fair Housing Act, obligates jurisdictions across the nation to use HUD funds to desegregate neighborhoods and promote access to equal housing opportunities for all […]
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LaFHAC’s response to President Trump and Secretary Carson’s Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal
In response to President Trump and Secretary Carson’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, LaFHAC reaffirms our stance that this administration’s cry to “Protect America’s Suburbs” is based on a racist mischaracterization of the aim of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Obama-era AFFH rule aimed to […]
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Gentrification a Growing Threat for Many New Orleans Residents
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released Gentrification and Disinvestment 2020, a report analyzing five-year data from the American Community Survey (ACS) collected during the periods 2008-2012 and 2013-2017 on neighborhood change and gentrification. Read a copy of the full report here.     As COVID-19 poses unprecedented threats to communities and demands many of us […]
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5 Things Congress Paid for Instead of Keeping a Roof Over Our Heads During COVID-19
Some members of our congressional delegation don’t want to spend money on the HEROES Act, which would help us all stay in our homes during COVID-19 and avert the coming eviction avalanche. But those same members gladly spent billions to protect corporations, police departments, and wealthy homeowners in previous budget and relief bills. Budgets are […]
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Minimum Wage is $7.25, but the Housing Wage is $17.48
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) recently published its annual Out of Reach report, that examines the price of a modest two-bedroom apartment in relation to the average wage a resident must make to afford the apartment. This is known as the “Housing Wage.” In Louisiana, the Housing Wage is $17.48 per hour while the minimum […]
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