Target: Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal
Goal: Make it illegal to turn away applicants or evict tenants because they’re victims of domestic abuse.
Victims of domestic abuse often face severe housing discrimination that can lead to homelessness and eliminate any chance of safety. Too often, landlords refuse to acknowledge the needs of victims and they are quickly turned away. At least one in three women in Louisiana shelters has lost housing due to domestic violence. Urge Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to outlaw housing discrimination among victims of domestic abuse and vow to protect innocent citizens.
A new ordinance seeks to protect both the landlords and abuse victims of Louisiana. Landlords will no longer be allowed to evict or turn away potential tenants based on domestic abuse cases. Tenants will be allowed to call the police without fear of eviction and if necessary, a lease may be broken with proper police records.
Current statistics documenting the displacement rates of abuse victims demonstrate the need for such legislation. When victims of domestic abuse no longer experience discrimination and receive adequate protection from authorities, society will begin to view them as the survivors they truly are. This piece of legislation is thorough and fair to all parties. It is a necessary addition to current policies in place to protect victims of domestic abuse and ensure they are able to live the life they choose, free from discrimination.
Please sign this petition to ask Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to criminalize housing discrimination against victims of abuse.
Dear Governor Jindal,
Victims of domestic abuse currently receive little to no protection from the housing industry. So much more must be done in order to ensure the safety and protection of your citizens. Louisiana has a great opportunity to become a state that takes a stand for victims of abuse and ensures fair treatment. Please pass legislation to protect innocent victims of abuse from unfair housing discrimination.
Current laws reflect a significant level of misunderstanding between landlords and victims of abuse. Unfortunately, this leads to increased levels of homelessness for individuals who have already experienced unwarranted abuse. This must change. It is unacceptable to not do everything in our power to protect these individuals and ensure their safety.
Though housing discrimination is technically illegal, the practice persists. Louisiana has the opportunity to pave the way for other states to begin asking important questions and finding necessary alternatives to protect its residents. Please do everything in your power to ensure housing discrimination against abuse victims is criminalized and vow to play a role in an important piece of Louisiana’s history.
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