LaFHAC promotes inclusive city planning, policies and procedures to ensure fair housing choice, advance zoning based on equitable access and opportunity, and increase the amount of housing stock accessible to all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
LaFHAC works at the Louisiana State Legislature and with state government agencies to enforce state housing laws, pass new protections, and increase the amount of housing stock for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
LaFHAC supports federal efforts to promote fair lending, increase the nation’s available housing stock, augment enforcement capacity by fair housing centers nationwide, and advance robust laws and regulations that promote access to housing for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
New Orleans City Council closed out 2021 by unanimously passing two motions that are big wins for affordable housing. First, Council approved the McDonogh 7 school building for an affordable housing development that will largely serve elderly Black New Orleanians in a vibrant, well-resourced neighborhood. Second, Council approved the Neighborhood-Scale Affordable Housing Zoning Amendment, which will allow for the development of 3- and 4-plexes that require at least one unit to be affordable. Both of these wins faced fierce NIMBY opposition, and we are grateful that City Council approved both opportunities for more affordable housing in New Orleans.
Thanks to your help, we forced big business lobby groups to the table to negotiate with us, and collectively, we were able to pass two bills to protect renters during this legislative session. The first, HB 375 by Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, will ensure survivors of sexual assault can end their leases early and without penalty so they don’t have to re-live their assault or feel unsafe in their home. The second, HB 374 by Rep. Royce Duplessis, will allow renters to offer an explanation about a pandemic-related eviction when they apply for housing, and will require landlords to tell tenants about their screening requirements before charging an application fee. These bills never would have made it out of committee without the brave testimonies of LSU students, moms like Arielle Butler, and emails and phone calls from people like you.
In 2018, the Louisiana Legislature passed a new law that raises the penalty for landlords who keep security deposits without good reason. The law increases the amount a tenant can receive if they win their case to three times the amount of the stolen deposit.