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 in her apartment.
In December of 2013, GNOFHAC’s client was the victim of domestic abuse in her home. On that day, an ex-boyfriend showed up hoping to reconcile. When she refused, he attacked, attempted to strangle her, and threw her against a mirror, shattering it in the process. The complaint alleged that after she returned home from the hospital the following day, a manager of the apartment complex notified her that she and her son must immediately vacate their apartment because of the incident.
The case became the basis for legislation sponsored by Senator Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge and passed by the Louisiana legislature during the 2015 session. The Louisiana Violence Against Women Act, which bans housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence, went into effect August 1st. The case was also featured in a Gambit Weekly investigation revealing the housing challenges and discrimination against survivors of domestic violence.
Cashauna Hill, GNOFHAC Executive Director, comments, “No one should lose their home because they were a victim of a crime. We are humbled that our client came forward to make sure that no one else will lose their home due to unlawful discrimination. We encourage anyone who lost their housing because they were a victim of domestic abuse to call the Fair Housing Action Center.”
Latter & Blum Property Management, Inc. is the largest full service real estate firm in the Gulf South, according to their website. Chateau Carre Limited Partnership, an entity with officers based in New Orleans and New York, is the property owner.
The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is a private nonprofit organization. GNOFHAC is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and furthering equal housing opportunities through education, outreach, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws across the metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. The activities described in this release were privately funded.
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