This is a sample of the demand letter and petition tenants at Parc Fontaine are delivering to the mayor and city councilmembers of New Orleans.
We, the Parc Fontaine Tenants Union in conjunction with the Renters’ Rights Assembly, are insisting to have an audience with Council Member Freddie King and Mayor Latoya Cantrell or a representative from their offices to address the extreme habitability issues at Parc Fontaine and the lack of communication with the tenants themselves who have to endure these issues. have been working on a list of demands over several months.
The repair issues are obvious, and we know the city recognizes this because Parc Fontaine was on the “Dirty Dozen” list of complexes and there was even discussion of demolishing the complex. Now we are hearing that there has been conversations between Parc Fontaine management and the city to ensure that progress is being made on repairs. We know the history and legacy of the Global Ministries Fund and understandably do not have much faith in these promises. At the same time, we as tenants deserve to a part of these conversations and deserve to have our demands met as the freedom to openly organize to ensure that whatever is done, the tenant’s voices and needs are acknowledged and addressed. It is this transparency and respect that we demand, being the individuals who have paid the price for years of neglect. We no longer want to find out about the future of our homes from news stories and rumors. We need to be at the table.
Tenants have a right to repairs in their units done in a reasonable amount of time with a transparent log available to the public to ensure tenants are not put on the backburner for months, and that their repair requests are not ignored.
These repairs include fixes for many of the issues we currently have and have had for months.
These issues are listed below:
Infestation (especially rodent)
Leak in the walls, ceilings, and other visible plumbing issues
Window and door repairs
Electrical Issues (like sparks from outlets, or loss of power)
Need for road repairs.
Our focus on repairs includes the option for after hours maintenance, maintenance workers who are qualified and respectful of tenants, and proper notice of repairs.
Another major concern is security.
Tenants would like increased security due to increased crime that has been happening at the complex, putting tenants in danger.
The security should be mobilized for the tenants and ultimately in the hands of the tenants. If tenants do not like a security guard, for example, tenants should have the option to replace them.
Cameras in the hall
Working lights throughout complex
We entered into a lease where we were promised proper accommodations that have been part of the complexes history. We demand the return of the quality and services that have been advertised.
3.Accommodations as Mentioned in Lease and Advertising
Sanitary and Operating Swimming Pools
Working Laundry Machines
Clean walkways, stairways, and keep complex generally trash free
4. Right to Stay
Tenants should have the ability to remain at the complex if they want to, even if their unit needs to be repaired, even if complex is sold.
If tenants have to relocate, due to no fault of their own, there should be some sort of reimbursement for the cost of moving, a guarantee of a fair security deposit assessment, and if unfairly displaced, security deposit and first months rent of new location in a timely manner.
There have been significant costs to tenants. These are not cosmetic issues and have affected our health in some cases. We have made repairs using our own money. We have lost property due to the absence of repairs. We should have some accountability around our ignored suffering.
If tenants have medical bills due to health issues caused by conditions of the complex (breathing issues because of mold), the tenant should not have to bear the weight of those medical bills.
If tenants have made repairs, and documented them, tenants should be reimbursed.
Damaged property due to conditions of the complex should be, at least in part, compensated.
We Have Nothing To Lose But Our Chains!
Background into GMF
Rev. Richard Hamlet heads Global Ministry Foundation (GMF), a nonprofit focusing on building “affordable housing.” GMF owns Bellemont (in Jeff Parish) and Parc Fountain and the Willows (Orleans Parish). All three have been in the media for their deplorable living conditions and GMF has been in the media before, in different states, for the same activity.
A lawsuit has been filed for tenants at The Willows and Parc Fontaine (email Daiquiri@jpnsi.org if you are a tenant and want to know more about this).
These complexes have been put up for sale. This throws the future of the tenants into question.
If you are a tenant at any of these complexes, please email us at email@example.com.
A glimpse into the history of GMF and Richard Hamlet’s failure to look after tenants.