LaFHAC Shares Short-Term Rental Policy Priorities as City Council Rushes to Meet Court Imposed Deadline
In August of 2022, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New Orleans’ short-term rental (STR) laws were unconstitutional. By determining who can obtain an STR license based on a homestead exemption, or proof of ownership and occupancy of a single residence, the court ruled New Orleans’ laws in violation of the Constitution’s Commerce […]
Fit For a King 2023 Recording Now Live
LaFHAC’s 16th annual Fit For a King summit concluded last week on Wednesday, January 11th. Our moderators and panelists had great discussions about unconditional love as the catalyst for reproductive justice, best wealth building practices in the Black community, moving forward with Healthy Homes, and racially biased health disparities in our institutions.  We would like […]
Surprise Budget Amendments Allocate ARPA Funds without Addressing our Greatest Housing Needs
In a surprise to advocates and constituents following the murky annual New Orleans City budget process, the New Orleans City Council approved a final budget December 1, 2022, which included allocations of two-thirds of remaining American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars without notice or transparency on how the one-time funds would be distributed. Unfortunately, little […]
Fit For A King 2023 Keynote Speaker, Linda Villarosa
Fit For a King 2023’s Keynote address will feature renown journalist Linda Villarosa. Linda Villarosa is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she covers race, inequality and public health. A former executive editor of Essence Magazine, she is the author of the book Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American […]
The Mortgage Companies Take and Rob
That is how Ms. Scott describes her experience with foreclosure. Prior to the pandemic, Ms. Scott made several large payments to her mortgage, but the servicer’s failure to apply funds as received created a delinquency. LaFHAC’s Housing Counseling Department. led by Giazzlyn Duncan, was able to assist Ms. Scott with mortgage support. After years of […]
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Jackson, MS Apartment Owner Settles with DOJ After LaFHAC Investigation
Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) announced that a federal court has approved a settlement between LaFHAC testers, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the owners of three apartment complexes, and their property manager in a suburb of Jackson, MS. The suit resulted from a LaFHAC investigation of […]
Healthy Homes Compromise Falls Short, But Includes Important Anti-Retaliation Protection
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the New Orleans City Council passed an amended version of the Healthy Homes Ordinance. Below is the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center’s executive director, Cashauna Hill’s, statement on the passage of the ordinance: “The Healthy Homes Ordinance was intended to be the culmination of more than a decade of advocacy to finally […]
Domestic Violence is a Housing Justice Issue
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we want to make sure that anyone in our community who may be experiencing domestic violence knows that they have legal protections when it comes to their housing. Domestic violence and housing go hand in hand. Far too often, survivors of domestic violence are forced to make the […]
New Orleans Neighborhoods Under Threat with New Short Term Rental Ruling
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a key provision restricting short-term rentals in New Orleans as unconstitutional. The 2019 ordinance limited short-term rental (STR) permits in residential areas to property owners who live on the property and have a homestead exemption. The 5th ruled that the ordinance restricting licenses discriminates against out-of-state […]
Healthy Homes Advances, Final Vote Likely October 20th
Over 100 people packed City Council Chambers on September 29th and waited hours to speak in support of the Healthy Homes Ordinance. See TV coverage of the hearing from WGNO and WWL. Councilmembers heard dozens of horror stories from long-time renters, as well as from representatives of public health, environmental justice, music and culture, LGBTQ, […]