Press Releases
Louisiana Legislature Passes New Penalties for Landlords Who Illegally Evict
BATON ROUGE—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) celebrated Louisiana’s 1.4 million renters winning new protections when the State Senate unanimously passed HB 160, by Rep. Mandie Landry. The bill would bring Louisiana in line with most other states that punish landlords who change the locks on tenants, toss out their things, or otherwise […]
New Orleans Joins Growing List of Cities with a Right to Counsel in Eviction Court
NEW ORLEANS—Today, housing advocates and renting families celebrated a major milestone when the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a Right to Counsel ordinance. The ordinance states that anyone at risk of losing their home in eviction court has a right to an attorney and creates a permanent framework for the program the Council began […]
Court Finds Jerry Kelly Jr. Violated Discrimination Settlement
New Orleans— Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC), represented by LaFHAC attorneys and the Tulane Law School Civil Rights & Federal Practice Clinic, announced a U.S. District Court order enforcing a settlement agreement that prohibits New Orleans landlord Jerry Kelly Jr. from having any contact with tenants for ten years after allegations of […]
Lakeview Apartments Settle Criminal Background Discrimination Complaint; Jefferson Parish Apartments Sued for Similar Offense
New Orleans, LA—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) announced the resolution of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) complaint against Sailboat Bay Apartments, its management company, and property manager, alleging that the property used a racially discriminatory blanket ban on renting to anyone with a criminal record. In January of […]
Slidell Landlord Settles Discrimination Case with Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
New Orleans, LA—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center announced the settlement of a federal family status and racial discrimination lawsuit against Tall Pines, LLC and their manager and rental agent, Carey Rizzuto, in Slidell, Louisiana. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Rizzuto engaged in a pattern of discrimination against African Americans by lying about whether […]
New Report Shows White-Led Neighborhood Groups Perpetuate Segregation
NEW ORLEANS—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center released its new report, Delayed Until Downsized or Denied: Neighborhood Associations Lead the Charge Against Affordable Housing and Perpetuate Segregation in New Orleans. The report chronicles how New Orleans elected officials regularly grant unrepresentative, mostly-white neighborhood associations significant power over land use decisions. Since Hurricane Katrina, those […]
Advocates Secure New Inclusive Criminal Background Screening Policy at the LA Housing Corporation
BATON ROUGE—This week, housing advocates and people with conviction records secured a long sought after new fair housing and tenant screening policy from the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC). The new policy will bring the agency and its grantees into compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) fair housing guidance and ensure […]
79 Organizations Call for Council to Support Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund Reauthorization
NEW ORLEANS—Today, 79 housing developers, neighborhood associations, public health groups, education advocates, criminal justice reform organizations, good government groups, and others came together to call on the New Orleans City Council to support the extension of the Neighborhood Housing Improvement Fund (NHIF) and to place it on the November ballot alongside the fully-funded library millage. […]
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Settlement of Federal Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against French Quarter Property Management Company
New Orleans, LA—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) announced the settlement of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Grundmann Enterprises, LLC and their property management staff. The lawsuit alleges that on multiple occasions the onsite manager, Thomas Pettingill, refused to follow-up with Black prospective renters, quoted them higher rents, or lied about whether […]
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LA Fair Housing Action Center Responds to President’s Attack on Fair Housing
NEW ORLEANS—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC), responded to the White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) termination of the landmark2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule and the implementation of a new unvetted rule without public comment. “This is another authoritarian attempt to circumvent Congress and the typical […]
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