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James Perry is the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). Perry is a housing expert. He founded the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center in Mississippi when he was 26 years old. He led the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center through two of America’s greatest disasters-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under Perry's leadership, the Center favorably settled an historic class action lawsuit resulting in compensation of more than $500 million for Katrina victims. Perry has testified before congress eight times and was a candidate in the 2010 New Orleans Mayoral election.

Perry serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and chairs the Louisiana Housing Alliance Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelors in political science from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law.

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is a private, non-profit civil rights organization established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area.

Blog Entries by James Perry

The GOP Contender

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:58 PM

For the most part, two types of people become American presidents: governors and senators. As the Republican presidential primary takes its internecine tone to Louisiana, most will be focused on Governor Romney and Senator Santorum. But the fact is, there is another presidential hopeful who will carefully consider the election...

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Banks Could Learn a Thing or Two

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:33 PM

Plunging from revered financial arbiter to America's anathema -- the lending industry has descended in dramatic fashion. Expressions of lending industry scorn are now standard fodder in a near constant flow of blogs, newspaper articles, editorials, evening news reporting and cable news analysis. Consumer scorn is not only shared around...

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New Orleans Police Chief's Best May Not Be Good Enough

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 12:35 PM

I'll never forget February 6, 2010. I had just lost the New Orleans Mayor's race. I was, however, at peace with my loss. I had run an honest, aggressive issues based campaign. Later that evening, my calm resolve was overcome by anger and frustration. When my then fiancée,...

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Home Is Where the Heartache Is ... and We Just Fired All the Heart Surgeons

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 3:58 PM

By James Perry and Seth Weingart

Home is where the heart is. Or at least it used to be. For many Americans over the last few years, homeownership has been rife with heartache -- the reality of trying to make ends meet during the worst economic era since the Great...

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In New Orleans, Many Have Yet to Travel the Road Home

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:52 AM

Everyone knows that the Road Home Program, though well intentioned, has been deeply flawed since its inception. In 2007, working with the National Fair Housing Alliance, my staff at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Center and I set out to right at least one of...

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Shell Shocked: We Are in Crisis

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 11:40 AM

You may not have noticed it. After all, there have been plenty of distractions: the holiday season; the Saints' frustrating first round playoff loss; and the start of the Mardi Gras season. These are all pretty big deals. But the fact is, New Orleans is in crisis. In 2010, there...

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Two of Everything: The Legacy of Segregation

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 10:33 AM

In most American communities there are two of everything: two movie theaters; two malls; two of each type of school and two of most types of church. This is not a modern day Noahian tale, rather it is the lingering effect of de jure segregation.

In most cities, the segregative...

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I Remain Inspired

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 10:53 AM

A few weeks ago, while campaigning in the heart of Treme, a lanky dark complexioned 20 year old introduced himself to me. He said, "my is name is Jonathan." He said that he wanted to learn about public service. He said, "look at my neighborhood Mr. James. No one cares...

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Martin Luther King, Jr: A True Servant Leader

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 5:42 PM

Today we pause and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have spent my career as a civil rights advocate in the South, and therefore, I have long been a student of Dr. King. I have taken inspiration from his words and direction from his actions.

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It's Time to be Honest About Race in New Orleans

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Fear of a racially divisive campaign prompted Senator Ed Murray to end his mayoral bid on Sunday. Murray's honesty about this issue gives all of us an opportunity to honestly address the continuing issue of race in New Orleans' politics.

Let's be honest. Racial inequality still exists in...

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A Road Map to Making New Orleans Safe Again

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 2:27 PM

Last week the political landscape shifted in the Mayor's race here in New Orleans.

It started with my performance in the first mayoral debate to be attended all candidates. At the youth-development focused debate, a simple question was asked by the moderator.

"What is your position on...

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