On April 30th, Mayor LaToya Cantrell read GNOFHAC’s original children’s book, The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House, to children and families at the East New Orleans Regional Library. The reading was the last of a series of community events GNOFHAC hosted during April to celebrate Fair Housing Month, and it was a lot of fun!
We were so excited to have the support of the Mayor’s office. Vincenzo Pasquantonio, Director of the Office of Human Rights and Equity explained that, “Both the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and the City’s recent tricentennial call on us to reflect on past injustices and commit to future policies that foster equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians.” Kids and parents at the event chatted with the Mayor about how to do just that.
The Fair Housing Five is an illustrated children’s book about kids who take action in their neighborhood in response to a landlord who is discriminating. It was written by GNOFHAC in collaboration with educators, parents and students and is designed to initiate conversations between parents, caregivers, teachers and children about housing discrimination, systemic inequality, and the important role that we all have in ending both. In addition to the book, GNOFHAC offers several interaction youth workshops for students of all ages. For more information about how to bring The Fair Housing Five to your school or organization, please visit www.fairhousingfive.org.