Subject: Tenants

  • Tenant Organizing From the Ground Up

    California is home to over 16 million renters— about 45 percent of the population—and the majority are low-income people of color. A disproportionate number of women with children and people of color are targeted for eviction and displacement every day.…

  • Tenant Protections Are a Cornerstone to Solving the Housing Crisis

    I’ve read far too many think pieces, op-eds, and reports that neglect the role of tenant protections as a tool that is vital to solving our local, state, national, and international housing crises. Recently, California’s Housing & Community Development office…

  • Stop Subsidizing Bad Landlords

    Esperanza Menendez-Jackson is a single working mother who lived with her three children in a government-subsidized apartment building in Newark, New Jersey. Early into the lease, she discovered that the apartment was infested with bed bugs and was without heat,…

  • The REAL Rental Housing Issue

    We know a few things about the majority of very low-income renters: They live in private market housing, not tax credit projects or public housing. They receive no housing subsidies. They are paying far more than they can afford for…

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    We Still Need a Rent Freeze in NYC

    Rents have become increasingly unaffordable in New York City. NYC has been in a housing crisis for decades. A housing crisis, defined as under 5 percent vacancy rate, in NYC triggers an elaborate system of rent regulation. Rent regulation is…

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    Texas Tenants Win Protections

    Way back in 1999 we asked what happened to the tenants' movement? Well, it never quite died, and it might be making a comeback. Last week we wrote about San Francisco's recent tenant win. In 2011, we wrote about Boston's…

  • Tenant Jujitsu: Renters Fight Back in San Francisco, And Win

    Shelterforce, as many of you know, began as a tenant organizing newspaper. Though we've evolved to cover a much wider range of topics, both within and beyond affordable housing, we have a sweet spot in our hearts for a good…

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    A Light in the Voting Rights Darkness

    When we wrote last year about the fights to preserve voting rights and voter turnout against mounting attacks leading up to the presidential election, I think even in our darkest moments we weren't thinking that the truimphant beating back of…

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    Luxury Housing in NYCHA’s Open Space?

    "Mind you, they are taking someone’s public space—what little space they have—and putting in garbage compactors." That's how one organizer I spoke with for my article “The Case of NYCHA’s Disappearing Open Space” published in Shelterforce’s recent issue, described the…

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    Marijuana Legalization and Tenant Screening

    Jokes abound about the legalization of marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. But it's not always a laughing matter. Affordable housing advocates have been passing around this link on the implications of marijuana legalization and tenant screening procedures. (h/t Trudy…

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    Tenants Do Vote, Or at Least They Try

    One of the canards about why homeownership is so wonderful is that it increases all sorts of beneficial behaviors, including civic participation. We can argue about which of these are created by homeownership and which are pre-existing characteristics of those…

  • Sh*t NY Slumlords Say

    The folks at the SurRealEstate blog (the organizing and policy department of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) poked some fun at slumlords using the Sh*t My ____ Says" meme:  more

  • Is This What Gov. Cuomo Meant by ‘Stronger’ Rent Laws?

    The latest battle of the Rent Wars has ended in Albany, and the kindest word that I could find to describe it from the advocates of stronger rent laws is “disappointing.” So, while New York State celebrates the passage of…

  • New York’s Rent Laws Extended, But at What Cost?

    The legislative frenzy that led up to the passage of New York State’s marriage equality bill eclipsed a deal to extend the state’s rent regulations. Some tenant advocates are lauding the deal, but is it enough? Did the new rent…