GNOFHAC Newsletter January 2019

Happy New Year!

We’re excited for all that this year will bring, like the new security deposit law which goes into effect today! Read on for details and other important news.

If we lose our people and our culture, we lose our city

In December, City Council delayed a hearing on new short-term rental rules that could slow displacement and create affordable housing. In response, residents and advocates gathered for a “People’s Public Comment” instead. Want to stand with us? Here are a few things you can do: (1) Join us January 10th for the hearing. (2) Call your Councilmember, and the two At-Large Councilmembers, today to tell them you support Councilmember Palmer’s proposal. The new proposal would let homeowners—but not speculators—rent to tourists in neighborhoods. The rules would also require large developers to match their commercial STRs with an affordable home too. Call Councilmember Jason Williams at (504) 658-1070 and Councilmember Helena Moreno at (504) 658-1060.

Get your security deposit back!

In 2018, GNOFHAC worked with the Louisiana Legislature to pass a new law that raises the penalty for landlords who keep security deposits without good reason. The law increases the amount a tenant can receive if they win their case to three times the amount of the stolen deposit. Learn more here or call GNOFHAC at (504) 596-2100 or Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at (504) 529-1000 if you have questions.

Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit 2019

Join us for the 12th annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit: Building the Movement. This year’s summit features iconic Civil Rights leader Diane Nash as the keynote speaker, alongside housing rights advocates, educators, community leaders, and more! The summit is free and open to the public, but please register so we know how many lunches to order. Register here. We’ll also have a special cocktail reception with Diane Nash after the summit. Learn more or get your ticket here.

We’re looking for volunteers! If you’re able to help out for a few hours during Fit for a King, contact GNOFHAC’s Education Coordinator Elana Cohen at or (504) 708-2109.

Help build the fair housing movement

Want to help build the movement for fair housing in Louisiana or know someone who might? GNOFHAC is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to serve with us through Serve Louisiana’s AmeriCorps program. Learn more or apply at The priority deadline to apply is January 6th!

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
1340 Poydras St., Suite 710  | New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 596-2100 |

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Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center: “Fit for a King” Fair Housing Summit: Building the Movement, January 17th

Time is running out to register for our upcoming Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit: Building the Movement. The summit is this Thursday, January 17th from 9am-2pm and will feature iconic Civil Rights leader Diane Nash as the keynote speaker, alongside housing rights advocates, educators, community leaders, and more! Read more and register at

You also won’t want to miss our Fit for a King Cocktail Reception featuring Diane Nash on the evening of the summit. Tickets can be purchased for $50 and include specialty cocktails, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. All funds raised will support GNOFHAC’s work to end housing discrimination across Louisiana through education, advocacy, and enforcement, so please give generously. Get your tickets today before they sell out!


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1340 Poydras St., Suite 710  | New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
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Baptist Community Ministries Congregational Wellness January 2019 E-Newsletter


Happy New Year Greetings

“Make a resolution to be a solution.”

A Christmas Wreath: O What A Crown

Our selected entertainment for the Christmas Quarterly Meeting was
Ms. Cassandra “Cassie” Watson, a local harpist and music educator based in New Orleans.

2019 Wellness Ministry Leader Courses

For early bird discount register by January 14, 2019.
Final deadline to register by January 28, 2019.

CNEP – Church Nurse Education Program
(A Basic preparation course for registered nurses)

CHPP – Congregational Health Promoter Program
(A Basic preparation course for lay persons)

For more information, review the following hyperlinks:
Brochure, Flyer, Application
(pictured above: Frances Hawkins, Vice President of CW, and Ell “Mama” Bogan)

With great pleasure Baptist Community Ministries-Congregational Wellness has chosen Ella “Mama” Bogan, CEO & Founder of Women on Assignment, Inc. as the 2018 recipient of donations from our network. Each year, an agency is chosen that has significantly impacted the community. Mama Bogan’s work with mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence is commendable. We are hopeful that these gift cards totaling $585 and bags of toiletries will be of great benefit to the program’s residents.

For more information on Women on Assignment, Inc., click here.
Debrina Baham, BSN, RN
New Home Ministries
This month’s spotlight is on the innovative wellness ministry leader at New Home Ministries, pastored by the Reverend Robert C. Blakes, Sr. Ms. Baham has been a member of New Home Ministries for five years and the wellness ministry leader for the past year. She completed the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum in April 2018 and immediately began her wellness ministry. Click here to read the full article.

Hope and Love: Foundations of Faith in the New Year

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:5

“Hope does not disappoint.” “Hope does not make ashamed.” If hope were for sale, these would be two great sales pitches. It’s like saying, “satisfaction guaranteed” or something along those lines.

“Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” Now the seller of this hope is explaining why it won’t disappoint. “It’s made from 100% genuine, authentic, potent love.” To read the full article, click here.


Heart struggles may inspire women to make lifestyle changes

By American Heart Association News

NOLA Ready: Volunteers Needed, February 15, 2019

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Volunteers Needed for Full-Scale Exercise Simulating an Attack on a Parade (February 15th).

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is seeking 200 volunteers to participate in a full-scale exercise simulating a complex attack on a parade. Volunteers will be assigned various roles to play in the tactical exercise, including those who are wounded, deceased, or separated from family members.

Date & Time: February 15, 2019, 7:30am-2pm

Location: Municipal Auditorium (900 N Villiere St., New Orleans)

Lunch and free parking are included.

This important drill will help New Orleans public safety agencies test emergency response plans in the event of an attack. For example, we’ll test a hospital surge plan to triage and handle a mass casualty incident. We’ll also test a family reunification plan to track and communicate with family members the status and location of people affected by an attack.

Role-playing with real people allows emergency personnel to fully test our plans, policies, and response. Please consider volunteering to make this exercise successful and fruitful for public safety planning.

-The Team at NOLA Ready

To volunteer for the exercise, please register on Eventbrite:

Click here for Volunteer Registration

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