Following St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro’s meeting with civil rights leaders last week, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center has launched a campaign to “counteract the racially discriminatory housing practices of St. Bernard.”
Entitled “Enough is Enough St. Bernard,” it seeks to encourage both St. Bernard residents and those who live outside St. Bernard, to tell Taffaro and the Parish Council to welcome racial minorities into the parish. The fair housing center’s website on the new initiative is available at http://www.gnofairhousing.org/enoughisenough.html
Parish officials maintain that St. Bernard already has some affordable housing and that increasing it would reduce property values and undermine the single-family character of the community.
But a federal judge and the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have accused St. Bernard of engaging in racial discriminatory housing practices.
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