Press Releases
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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Social Service Agencies Across LA Sound Alarm, Call for More Rental Support from State & Congress
NEW ORLEANS—Today, 54 social service agencies and advocates from across the state called on Governor John Bel Edwards to pursue all options to increase rental assistance funding, as the recently announced Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance program ran out of money in just three days. The $24 million allocated for the program is only a fraction of […]
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Strategies To Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans Copies of the handbook have been distributed to members and staff of the City Planning Commission (CPC). GNOFHAC hopes that Commission members will adopt the suggestions laid out in the handbook in the development of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in order to ensure a more just, economically integrated, and livable New Orleans. Download […]
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Broad Coalition Urges Judges to Ensure No One is Forced from Their Home Through August
New Orleans—Today, 36 public health, legal, housing, and other organizations submitted a letter to New Orleans First and Second City Court officials urging them to ensure no one is forced from their home before August 24th, 2020. Local judges and clerks of court can choose to provide renters and landlords with some certainty and relief from […]
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Uptown Landlord, Jerry Kelly Jr., Barred From His Own Properties as Part of Settlement with LaFHAC
NEW ORLEANS—Today,  the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) announced a settlement agreement that prohibits New Orleans landlord Jerry Kelly Jr. from having any contact with current, past, or future tenants for the next 10 years. Mr. Kelly, who LaFHAC sued in 2018 over allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of a woman during lease signing, entered a unit without […]
New Name and Statewide Expansion for Fair Housing Organization: Introducing LAFHAC
NEW ORLEANS—Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center announced that it is changing its name to the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, in recognition of the organization’s expansion to take on statewide work in the past decade. The name change comes as the organization will be celebrating its 25th year at its annual Fit for […]