Housing Rights Campaign

Feel free to contact us with a  housing emergency or refer to our Tenant Services page HERE.

Our Housing Rights Campaign work is focused on fighting gentrification. We focus on policies, direct actions, base-building and coalition work to fight for resident decision making regarding development and pushing the government to prioritize housing and tenants’ rights. We build the power and agency of Black and Latino working class residents in an effort to stop displacement and assert our right to stay in our homes, our neighborhoods and our city.

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Our housing rights campaign work has yielded a number of policy victories and advances in the fight to build tenant power and tenants’ rights in Oakland and San Francisco. One of our biggest victories for 2016 was the passage of Measure JJ-Protect Oakland Renters!

The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters thanks all of our amazing supporters and volunteers for making this victory possible. Many of you were with us from the beginning – collecting signatures and spending late nights at City Council meetings, knocking on doors, collecting signatures, making phone calls and more.  We are grateful to Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks and Noel Gallo who fought for this measure from the beginning; and to Oakland community who showed up to the polls declaring that we need Measure JJ to stem displacement and the housing crisis.

This victory was years in the making as our broad coalition of housing advocates, labor unions, community organizations, and faith communities came together to find a solution that works. Measure JJ wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our Coordinating Committee: Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment, , Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Eastbay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO); East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC); Oakland Community Organizations (OCO); Oakland Tenants Union; PolicyLink; SEIU Local 1021; SEIU Local 2015; California Nurses Association (CNA).

In 2015, the housing rights campaign focused on building a regional movement to fight displacement. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are suffering from this housing crisis, and we will support the fights of working class tenant communities organizing to build power and pass policy throughout the Bay Area. Our top priority is the work against profit driven development. 2015 was the year we solidifed the foundation of a regional movement to demand development without displacement and to assert that the needs of existing residents drive development in the region. In SF, we will continued our role in the Plaza 16 coalition, and kept a close eye on changes to public housing. In Oakland, we continued with the community planning leaders program – a program specifically designed for resident engagement to stop displacement from the Bus Rapid Transit system being built along International Blvd. We also pushed the City to have a department tasked with tenants’ rights enforcement.

In 2014, we were at the forefront of fights to: establish a Rent Cap in Oakland; remove debt service — a provision that used to allow property owners with negative cash flow to pass on as much as 95 percent of their loan payments to tenants; and passing the Tenant Protection Ordinance – an ordinance that defines and outlaws landlord harassment and neglect. In San Francisco, we won the buyout legislation and the Ellis Act relocation ordinance, as well as pushed back the timeline for a proposed “monster” development at 16th and Mission. We’ve fought hard against the national real estate lobby in our Yes on G campaign, and although we lost at the polls, we won big as a movement. We deepened critical relationships, learned lessons about civic engagement, and provided a national example for taking on speculation and fighting back against gentrification and displacement.

 


Longtime Bayview Family Fights off Second Eviction Attempt

(español sigue) When the Pelayo-Valenzuela family first came to San Francisco in 1996 they struggled to find decent and affordable housing. Norma and Faustino lived in expensive yet tiny studios, shared cramped units with other families while having restricted access to the kitchen and other essentials.”We worked day and night to survive,” says Norma. When […]

Tenants Get Keys To Their Restored Apartment But Not Without Strings

May 2017-Three years after being displaced when a fire roared through their apartment Trinidad Sanchez and her daughter Cindy Salazar and two grandchildren will be getting the keys to their restored apartment in the Bayview on Thursday where they have lived since 2007. It sounds like a dream come true but it isn’t. It turns […]

Office Closed/oficina cerrada Aug. 7-11

We will be closed August 7th through the 11th for our summer break. During that time, no one will be available for walk ins or appointments. If you have an Unlawful Detainer please note that you must respond within five days to avoid eviction. For help call these resources: East Bay Community Law Center at […]

Victory! How Owner Move-in Reform will Affect SF Tenants

SF Examiner By Cynthia Fong, Housing Rights Committee of SF Owner move-in reform unanimously passed through the Board of Supervisors on July 18. This reform adds enforcement mechanisms to protect tenants from landlords who abuse OMI evictions and never intend to move in. Here is what this new legislation means for tenants and landlords: This […]

Excelsior Tenant Convention

The first-ever Excelsior Tenant Convention took place June 3 with a strong community presence of folks concerned and motivated to exert their rights as renters. The day opened up with inspiring music  from musician activist Francisco Herrera who sang about the protagonism in organizing.  Sponsored by Causa Justa, the San Francisco Tenants Union, the Housing […]

Witnessing the Power of Renters

Español Tenant rights groups like Causa Justa, the SF Tenants Union, and Housing Rights Committee of SF [//www.hrcsf.org/], PODER, and the Filipino Community Center, have come together to organize tenant conventions around the city as a way to inform renters of their rights, to discuss neighborhood trends, and identify policy interventions that can be made […]

Monster In the Mission Part 2 — It’s Not Over!

Courtesy of  Plaza16 Our fight against Maximus/Robert Rosania’s luxury Monster in the Mission is not over! We have learned the project may be coming for a vote before the Planning Commission in the near future. Meanwhile Robert Rosania has hired astroturf consultants and canvassers who are intimidating and lying to folks in our community about […]

How Many More?

Camilo Sol Zamora, Causa Justa Co-Director of Community, Land & Development Our hearts are heavy and they go out to the loved ones of the three tenants who lost their lives as a result of yesterday’s San Pablo Ave apartment building fire, as well as to the tenants who sustained critical injuries, and all tenants […]

Tenant Organizing from the Ground Up

California is home to over 16 million renters, 45% of the population, and the majority of us 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, and that number has increased with the foreclosure crisis and today as speculation on […]

Key Hearing on Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Calle 24 will present its special use district legislation for commercial regulations in the Latino Cultural District to the SF Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 These regulations have been in the works for nearly two years and will help: Stabilize the Latino Cultural District Preserve our small store fronts Stabilize rents Protect our […]