ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2009
• Passed legislation that allocated at least $5 million of additional Hurricane Katrina recovery funding towards the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, created the Tainted Drywall Assistance Program to assist Road Home recipients (Senate Bill 167).
• Improved consumer protection against contractor and home improvement fraud by increasing penalties up to $20,000 and imprisonment up to 10 years, and mandating restitution (House Bill 76/Senate Bill 249).
• Convened a study to research current best practices for Housing Trust Fund programs across the U.S. and recommended funding options to provide a recurring funding source for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund (Senate Resolution 138).
• Partnered with PolicyLink and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to craft an agreement with the Louisiana Recovery Authority to increase funding for the Nonprofit Rebuilding Program from $5 million to $20 million.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2010
• Established a study committee to recommend strategies to create a state housing and transportation plan (Senate Resolution 193).
• Included language within Road Home grants that allowed previously applicants that were previously denied because of property succession and hardship issues to be considered (Senate Bill 747/Act 1012).
• Reauthorized a legislative study committee to identify sources of revenue to fund the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund (Senate Resolution 192).
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2011
• Drafted and passed legislation created the State Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission (Act 408).
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2012
• Clarified the role of the Louisiana Housing Corporation by reconciling the definition of low and moderate income to fit federal program definitions, and authorizing the use of Community Development Block Grants and the financing of mixed income developments (Act 686).
• Passed a Study Request to examine landlord and tenant obligations prior to the 2013 legislative session (House Study Request 2).
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2013
• Passed legislation requiring that landlords give tenants written notice, within 7 calendar days, of being served with a notice of foreclosure action. The Law provides that prospective tenants receive written notice if a foreclosure action is pending at the time they enter into a lease. (Senate Bill 156/Act 354).
• Senate Resolution 195: The State Legislature voted to study state landlord and tenant rights, and submit by February of 2014, a written report and draft legislation to expand tenant rights. The State Senate, charged with leading this comprehensive study, will produce draft legislation, with consultation from the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, by February 1st.