On February 28, 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center announced the settlement of its lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish regarding a discriminatory local ordinance. St. Bernard Parish has agreed to pay a $32,500 settlement over a 2006 ordinance, since repealed, that restricted the rental of a home to blood relatives of the owner. GNOFHAC alleged that the ordinance was racially discriminatory, since white individuals own 93% of all owner-occupied housing in St. Bernard Parish, and make up approximately 88% of the Parish’s population.
2-28-08: Read GNO Fair Housing’s press release here.
2-29-08: Read the Times Picayune article on the settlement here.
2-29-08: Read Jarvis DeBerry’s opinion from the Times Picayune here.
3-1-08: Read the Times Picayune editorial here.
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