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St. Bernard Parish to pay over $1.8M in controversial housing policy settlement

St. Bernard Parish must pay over $1.8 million as part of a settlement over a controversial housing policy enacted after Hurricane Katrina.

A 2006 lawsuit challenged parish ordinances claiming it was designed to restrict rentals. These ordinances included the “blood relative ordinance,” which stipulated that owners of single-family homes could only rent to their blood relatives unless they received permission from the Parish Council.

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center challenged the policy in 2006 and the parish agreed to settle in 2008.

However, the Fair Housing Center says St. Bernard Parish continued to enact restrictions, such as a 2008 moratorium on all multi-family housing.

This week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the parish ending the appeals process.

Specifically, this week's agreement settles all matters on appeal and requires the Parish to pay $1,843,728 in fees to the Fair Housing Center, any other plaintiffs, and their attorneys.

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