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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 […]
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Fit for a King 2019 Recap
Fit for a King 2019 started with an inspiring opening plenary panel, featuring powerful organizers representing three generations of movement-building in New Orleans. Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons described her work with as a leader with the New Orleans chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Barbara Major reminded the audience that building movements is collective […]
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The real Smart Housing Mix is not voluntary
While there’s no debating that New Orleans is in the grip of an affordable housing crisis, there are still some people arguing that more give-aways to real estate developers will somehow correct the problem. Let’s be very clear: including affordable housing in every new housing development or renovation must be the law, not an option […]
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Flashback to 1997
While our upcoming Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit is our 12th annual Fit for a King, GNOFHAC has been hosting fair housing summits for much longer. Before we began hosting Fit for a King in January to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his influence on the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, GNOFHAC hosted summits each […]
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Get your security deposit back: New law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019
Has your landlord unlawfully kept your security deposit? In 2018, the Louisiana Legislature passed a new law that raises the penalty for landlords who keep security deposits without good reason. The law increases the amount a tenant can receive if they win their case to three times the amount of the stolen deposit. How does […]
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Join the Fight for Fair Housing
When I first came across the job description for the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, I was immediately interested. Upon further research, I fell in love with the mission of GNOFHAC and felt qualified and confident in the position’s responsibilities: social media, web design, and educational outreach via […]