The Fair Housing Five

A new book for children

It is with some sadness that I prepare for my departure from the staff of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) this Friday.  It has been a great honor and pleasure to work with GNOFHAC for the past five years.  In those five years I have seen the organization grow in exciting ways.  When I started we had six people on staff, now we have thirteen.  We have expanded our enforcement, homeownership counseling, and education work and added a policy department.  As Education Coordinator I have had the pleasure of working with outreach staff, educators and advocates to organize five fair housing conferences, create workshops and curricula for young people about housing equity, institutionalize our training offerings through Fair Housing University, and realize one of GNOFHAC’s long term dreams by publishing a children’s book about housing discrimination.

I have also grown through my experience working with GNOFHAC.  I have learned that housing is at the center of the web of systems that impact communities, and that exclusionary housing policies and practices impact families for generations. I am deeply committed to the fair housing movement and I am interested in fair housing litigation as a tool for institutional change.  This fall I will be starting at Northeastern University School of Law, with the goal of supporting fair housing work as a civil rights attorney.

I am delighted that my extremely competent colleague Sophie Rosen will be taking over my role as Education Coordinator in September.  She has been working with me all year on our youth outreach project, helping me to promote and distribute The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House and to conduct workshops with youth around the city.  She has also facilitated and co-facilitated trainings with me through Fair Housing University for service providers, housing providers, and renters, homebuyers, and other community members.  Prior to September, inquiries related to our fair housing educational initiatives may be directed to Kate Scott, our Assistant Director, at kscott@gnofairhousing.org or (504) 596-2100.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many of you during my tenure at GNOFHAC, and I am confident our paths will cross again in the future.

-Hannah Adams

 

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