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Rents Soar, but New Orleans Rentals Still Neglected
New Orleans—New Orleans rentals are still plagued by major health and safety issues, according to Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center analysis of new U.S. Census data released this month. The recently released American Housing Survey data shows that in 2015, close to 5,000 rental homes had major problems, including: lack of electricity, broken […]
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Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in New Orleans, Baton Rouge & 36 U.S. Metro Areas
National Fair Housing Alliance, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures WASHINGTON, D.C. and New Orleans, LA — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination […]
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Fair Housing Welcomes HUD Guidance on Criminal Backgrounds
Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) welcomes new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which makes clear that blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.  Further, the new guidance puts private landlords on notice that they […]
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Racial Segregation, Lack of Access to Basic Services Plague Housing Choice Voucher Families
Today the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a study documenting extreme barriers to opportunity in the housing choice voucher program. The report is entitled Practical Steps to End Poverty for Families in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. While voucher families account for almost 25% of all rental households in New Orleans, the report documents how […]
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Housing and Urban Development Regulation Establishes National Fair Housing Standard
Today marked the close of public comments on proposed federal guidance issued by the Obama Administration formalizing harassment investigations and corporate accountability under the federal Fair Housing Act. The proposed rule’s implications have real implications for fair housing in greater New Orleans. For example, such guidance would have applied to Michael and Denise Thornton, a […]
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Fair Housing Case Settles: Landlords Use Racial Epithets, Discriminate Against Minorities
Today, a federal court entered a consent judgment resolving a lawsuit that the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) had filed against landlords Brion, Jappy and John Ebey, Jr., and Lime Investment Company.  The suit alleged that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern of racial discrimination […]
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Fair Housing Center Settles Domestic Violence Complaint
NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) settled a federal complaint on behalf of a client against Latter & Blum Property Management, Inc. and Chateau Carre Apartments Limited Partnership arising out of a threatened eviction of a mother and her toddler son after she suffered an incidence of domestic abuse […]
Study Finds: Criminal Background Policies Used As Cover For Discrimination
New Orleans, LA—On Monday, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a new investigation revealing that New Orleans area housing providers treated prospective renters with criminal backgrounds differently based on the applicants’ race. GNOFHAC conducted a testing investigation of 50 area housing providers, in which mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters inquired about rental […]
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Housing Rights Clinic, September 24, 2015 at Baton Rouge Community College
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) will host a free housing clinic at Baton Rouge Community College in the Dumas Conference Room of the Magnolia Building. The event is open to the public and will […]
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City Takes Major Step Forward for Persons with Disabilities
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today marks the beginning of public hearings for the New Orleans’ City Planning Commission’s final Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) and a major step forward for persons with disabilities. The new reasonable accommodations policy ensures that all New Orleanians will be able to fully access and enjoy their housing. A “reasonable accommodations” […]