Samaria and her friends have a problem: a local landlord is discriminating, and they must find a way to keep their community open to all people.
Way back at a 2007 organizational retreat, GNOFHAC staff grappled with some major issues that our neighbors and our organization were facing. One was the sheer volume and intensity of fair housing violations being committed in our region after Katrina. Housing discrimination based on race, disability and family status was keeping former residents of the Gulf Coast from coming home. Further, there was a whole generation of kids growing up witnessing the grave injustices committed against some of our most vulnerable (though invaluable) neighbors. How could we take our work to the next level in order to stop these cycles of injustice? The other major issue that staff faced was one of sustainability for our organization. In the wake of the receding floodwaters of 2005, GNOFHAC grew quickly due to generous donations from individuals and unprecedented philanthropic investments in our organization and region. But we knew that at some point, it was likely that financial support would start to wane as individuals, foundations, and the federal government turned their attentions elsewhere. How could we sustain our growth? The Fair Housing Five is one answer to both of these questions. Developed by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) in collaboration with New Orleans educators, parents and students through a series of workshops and focus groups, The Fair Housing Five is a new illustrated children’s book about kids who take action in their neighborhood in response to a landlord who is discriminating. It is a book 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. Strategically, we also aimed to inform parents, caregivers, and educators about their fair housing rights when they read the book with children. Finally, we hope the book will empower youth to advocate for justice and create positive change in their communities. GNOFHAC is working to develop curriculum to accompany the book, and has already conducted fair housing workshops in several New Orleans schools. Revenue from book sales will go straight back into GNOFHAC programs, to ensure that there are adequate resources for both fair housing enforcement and education. We need your help to finish this exciting project. We need to raise $5,000 by December 12th in order to cover the costs of finishing and publishing the book, including full-color illustrations by talented local artist Sharika Mahdi-Neville. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today! For project updates and to purchase a copy of the book when it becomes available this fall, please visit www.fairhousingfive.orgThe Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is a private, non-profit civil rights organization established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area. Through education, investigation, and enforcement activities, GNOFHAC promotes fair competition throughout the housing marketplace -- rental, sales, lending, and insurance. GNOFHAC is dedicated to fighting housing discrimination not only because it is illegal, but also because it is a divisive force that perpetuates poverty, segregation, ignorance, fear, and hatred.
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Insider Package, two complementary VIP tickets to our holiday release part in December PLUS fair housing workshop for up to 25 kids in the classroom of your choice. In the workshop, GNOFHAC staff will read "The Fair Housing Five" with students and lead related activities.