Thursday, May 21, 2009

No Fair Housing in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Even though apartment complexes are legally obligated to meet federal physical disability requirements, an investigative report released today shows that isn’t always the case in New Orleans. In fact, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s audit, “Access Denied,” reveals none of the 22 local apartment complexes GNOFAC examined, complied with the Fair Housing Act or the Fair Housing Amendment Act in terms of accessibility fo.

      Here are some of the report’s findings:

  • 32 percent of complexes had units with doorways that were not accessible
  • 42 percent of complexes had units that lacked accessible routes and/or passageways within the units.
  • 63 percent of complexes had units that lacked accessible electrical and environmental controls.
  • 89 percent of complexes had units with inaccessible bathrooms or kitchens.

 

     The report states that all of the audited sites were built after March 1991, when it became a requirement for apartment complexes with four or more units to abide by the Fair Housing Act and its amendments. Thirty seven percent of the units were completed before Hurricane Katrina, and 63 percent were constructed after the storm.

     The report does not name any of the 22 apartment complexes. To review the entire audit, click here. 

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