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 especially troubled by comments made by parish officials and quoted in the Times-Picayune that seem to disregard the authority of federal courts and civil rights laws. Kate Scott, Interim Co-Director of GNOFHAC, comments, “We hope this move on the part of Parish officials to rescind the vote to ban multi-family housing signals a newfound commitment to open housing in St. Bernard Parish. We stand firm in our commitment to our mission of furthering equal housing opportunity throughout the region.
11-19-09 NEW! Listen to the NPR story “Revived La. Parish Faces Fight Over Race” here.
11-4-09 Download the press release here.
11-4-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council backs off on vote on apartments” here.
10-21-09 Read the nola.com article “St. Bernard Parish Council might remove apartment ban from November ballot” here.
10-21-09 Read St. Bernard Parish’s notice to the court indicating that the Council introduced an ordinance that would rescind the multi-family housing ban here.
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