Press Releases
flag of st bernard parish with blue background, white obelisk at center surrounded by yellow leaves and branches and white stars
Federal Judge Extends Consent Decree in St. Bernard Case; Parish to Rescind Discriminatory Ordinance
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 conference […]
aerial view of louisiana wetlands
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 […]
st bernard parish government seal with obelisk, branches, a canon and stars
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 […]
flag of st bernard parish with blue background, white obelisk at center surrounded by yellow leaves and branches and white stars
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 article “St. Bernard Parish approves […]
st bernard parish government seal with obelisk, branches, a canon and stars
Fair Housing Center keeps pressure on St. Bernard Parish
While the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased with the St. Bernard Parish Council’s vote to overturn an ordinance that would put a multi-family ban on the ballot for a public vote, it will continue to closely monitor the parish for any actions that violate the Fair Housing Act. GNOFHAC is […]
flag of st bernard parish with blue background, white obelisk at center surrounded by yellow leaves and branches and white stars
St. Bernard Parish File Notice Indicating They May Rescind Ordinance
On October 21, 2009, St. Bernard Parish filed a notice with the court stating that they have introduced an ordinance to rescind the 2009 multi-family housing ban challenged in GNOFHAC’s Motion for Contempt. 10-21-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council might remove apartment ban from November ballot” here. 10-23-09 Read Jarvis DeBerry’s editorial “Parish backs down” here. […]
st bernard parish government seal with obelisk, branches, a canon and stars
Fair Housing Center Files Fourth Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
On October 13, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a fourth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a Consent Order. On September 15, 2009, Parish officials passed an ordinance to hold a public vote on a moratorium on multi-family housing. The […]
flag of st bernard parish with blue background, white obelisk at center surrounded by yellow leaves and branches and white stars
St. Bernard Parish Issues Provident Realty Advisors 4 Building Permits
On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard Parish finally approved the building permits Provident Realty Advisors needed to start construction on four mixed income housing developments long delayed by the illegal and discriminatory actions of St. Bernard Parish officials. Parish Council members approved issuing the permits during a special meeting. On October 1, 2009, St. Bernard […]
st bernard parish government seal with obelisk, branches, a canon and stars
St. Bernard Parish Council Considers Ballot Referendum
In September, 2009, St. Bernard Parish Council considered a ballot referendum that would force any developer to seek voter approval in order to build large developments in the Parish. 9-5-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council housing plan drawing fire” here. 9-9-09 Read the Nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish in court again today for fair housing […]
flag of st bernard parish with blue background, white obelisk at center surrounded by yellow leaves and branches and white stars
Fair Housing Center Partially Granted Third Motion for Contempt Against St. Bernard Parish
On September 11, 2009, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan generally granted the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors’ third motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish. Judge Berrigan enjoins the Parish from “interfering or withholding approval of Provident’s re-subdivision applications,” deems Provident’s re-subdivision applications approved, sets forth several […]