|How Fair Housing Action Center May Use Your Contribution
($75/year): Buys enough fair housing brochures to educate 700 housing consumers about
their right to be free from discrimination when competing for housing in the rental,
sales, lending, and insurance markets.
$10/month: Pays for intake and/or interviewing of 12 complainants to provide
assistance and analysis in determining whether they may have been the victims of unlawful
$20/month: Pays for the partial investigation of a housing complaint through the
use of "testing," an objective process recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court
whereby individuals pose as home seekers and are matched according to all of the relevant
characteristics in a housing transaction except for the one factor being tested -- to
determine whether people are being treated fairly in the housing marketplace.
What Fair Housing Action Center Does for You:
Seeking to end housing discrimination and create greater housing mobility helps people
gain access to home ownership and the tools of economic self-sufficiency -- jobs, schools,
and a variety of goods and services.
Fair Housing Action Center Success Story:
The Fair Housing Action Center recently assisted an African American mother of three who
works as a police corporal for the state civil service. She has been commended for her
role in discovering the Cabildo fire and saving lives in the fire. When she attempted to
rent an apartment in Gretna on LaPalco Boulevard, she was turned away. She had been told
twice on the phone in the afternoon that apartments were available and invited to come in
and put down a deposit. When she visited the apartments the following morning (in her
police uniform) she was told there were no apartments available. At the suggestion of her
coworker, she called the Fair Housing Action Center and reported the incident. FHAC
conducted three tests of the property: first that same afternoon, the second on the
following day, and the third on the day after that. In each test, the white tester was
told about available apartments and the African American tester was told there were no
apartments available. FHAC assisted the complainant and joined her in filing a federal
lawsuit which, with the help of cooperating attorneys Logan & Soileau, resulted in a
monetary settlement of $65,000 plus affirmative relief to ensure that the apartment does
not engage in future discrimination. The complainant commented that she was happy that she
stood up for something she believed in and that, with the required monitoring, other
people will not have to go through what she went through.