Housing, Land & Development

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

Our Housing, Land and Development program work is zeroed in on fighting displacement and lives by the principal that housing is a human right. We focus on policies, direct actions, base-building and coalition work to champion resident decisions to challenge  development and push local and regional government to prioritize housing and tenant rights. We build the power and agency of Black and Latinx working class residents to stop displacement and assert our right to stay in our homes, our neighborhoods and our city.

Our Housing, Land and Development 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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, we went into full gear with our allies to push both San Francisco and Oakland lawmakers to put in place eviction moratoriums. We outreached to local tenants and worked through all the challenges of giving testimony and listening to the hearings on zoom. It is a new “virtual” world filled with negotiating the very clear digital divide in our communities.

In July we, as part of the Protect Oakland Renters coalition successfully moved Oakland City Council to unanimously approve the extension of  the eviction moratorium until the end of the local state of emergency and passing the Tenant Protection Upgrades. We expect this will mean the moratorium will last until at least early 2021.

This vote was a huge shift for some council members and it’s because of the power of organizing, which couldn’t happen without residents sending emails, making phone calls and filling the lines of lawmakers. We let them know that all eyes are on them. Together, we did that. In San Francisco, we, as part of the of the SF Anti-Displacement Coalition did the same thing. We all are fighting to keep people in their homes and avoid an eviction pandemic.

These wins are vital to keeping working-class communities of color in their homes

Our  housing rights campaign has focused on building a regional movement to fight displacement. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are suffering from this housing crisis, and we support the fights of working-class tenant communities organizing to build power and pass policy throughout the Bay Area.

Massive Wins for Housing Justice and Collective Power

Tenants flexed their power at the polls yesterday with resounding victories for housing justice in both Oakland and San Francisco. In this COVID climate of inflation and housing insecurity, we sent a clear message to corporate landlords and speculators, renters will stand together to defend the future of our cities. In Oakland, we passed Measure […]

Measure That Offers More Protections for Oakland Tenants Heads To The November Ballot

Español sigue A measure that will strengthen the Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance heads to the November ballot. The measure, sponsored by Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Carroll Fife, adds amendments that will extend protections for Oakland tenants in the currently existing Ordinance. The additional protections would Extend eviction protections to tenants in newly constructed rental […]

Special Meeting of Oakland City Council July 11, 2022

Once again, we’re calling on you to join us and other housing rights organizations, tenants and allies to give public comment to Oakland City Councilmembers in support of a proposal to strengthen tenant protections and amend the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance. All public comment on all agenda items will be taken at the beginning […]

Millions at Risk. Call Your Legislators Now!

At the end of this month both federal and statewide COVID-19 eviction protections are set to expire putting millions of tenants at risk of eviction and housing instability! Tenants Together needs your support in calling upon politicians to demand they stop this coming eviction crisis! This week may be our last chance to impact the […]

Oakland Rent & Utility Assistance / Alquiler de Oakland y asistencia de servicios públicos

Keep Oakland Housed Emergency Rental Assistance Program / Programa de asistencia de alquiler de emergencia en Oakland FACT SHEET / hoja informativa • Struggling to pay rent? • Have past due utility bills? • Are you a property owner who is owed rent? • ¿Luchando para pagar el alquiler? • ¿Han vencido las facturas de […]

California Rental Assistance / asistencia de alquiler

Who is eligible / Quien es elegible If one or more people in your household meet all of the following, you are eligible to apply / Si una o más personas en su hogar cumplen con todos los siguientes requisitos, son elegibles para aplicar: Have experienced financial hardship due to COVID–19 / Haber sufrido dificultades […]

SF Tenant Tips :: Recursos para inquilinxs

Español sigue 1.   ALWAYS document any issue you are experiencing as a tenant. We advise that you type or handwrite a letter to your landlord or master tenant. If possible, make a copy for yourself and send via certified mail to have a receipt. You can cite the following housing laws in your letter! […]

SF Eviction Moratorium Update/ la moratoria de desalojo

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