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24 Apr 13

Governor Inslee Signs Fair Tenant Screening Act Pt. II into Law!

After years of advocacy Part II of the Fair Tenant Screening Act was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee, a critical bill to protect domestic violence survivors escape abuse and access safe housing free from discrimination.

27 Mar 13

Contact Seattle City Council to Expand Affordable Housing!

The Seattle City Council will vote next week to strengthen zoning laws to create more affordable housing in South Lake Union, but current proposals only create units in the hundreds when the need is in the thousands.
Act now to demand stronger affordable housing requirements!

5 Mar 13

TU Hiring Spokane-based Section 8 Community Organizer

The Tenants Union of Washington State seeks a creative, engaging, and thoughtful part-time community organizer to play a key role in a very exciting statewide effort to organize tenants in project-based Section 8 buildings. The Spokane-based STOP Community Organizer uses outreach, education, organizing, and tenant leadership development to preserve affordable housing, win housing improvements, and increase tenant control over housing. Campaign work may focus on the preservation of building subsidies, the rehabilitation of deteriorating buildings, the formation of tenant councils, and other strategic goals that support tenants having a place at the decision-making table. The most important aspect of this work will be to cultivate tenant leadership and community through education and leadership development.

14 Feb 13

Fair Tenant Screening Act Update and Action Opportunities

Tenants Union members’ action helped to move a section of the Fair Tenant Screening Act through committee and on to the next stage towards passing. There are more opportunities to take action to support this important bill!

3 Jan 13

SHA to Open Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher Waitlist Lottery

The Seattle Housing Authority will be having a lottery to create a new Section 8 Housing Voucher Waitlist. Anyone over 18 years of age can apply. Applications are on-line only and you can register at www.seattlehousing.org/waitlist. Registration will be open from February 4, at 7 AM until February 22 at 5 PM. If you do not have a computer, call the waitlist hotline at 206 239-1674 for a list of locations which can serve you.

18 Dec 12

Watch the TU’s New Video Celebrating Tenant Power and Make a Gift to the TU Today

Enjoy this video of the dynamic stories and leadership of TU members, and please support YOUR Tenants Union by making a year-end gift.

19 Nov 12

Housing Access Project Tenant Meeting RESCHEDULED to Dec 4th

Has a wrongful eviction on your record impacted your ability to find and keep housing? Do you want to be able to assert your tenants rights without risking a mark on your record? Want to learn more about tenant rights relating to evictions and tenant screening reports? Please RSVP and join us on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 pm at the TU office. (NOTE: November meeting was canceled)

9 Nov 12

Tenant Counseling Clinic Closed Monday for Veterans Day

The TU Education Program Clinic and Hotline will be CLOSED Monday in observance of Veterans Day. All services will resume on their regular schedule the rest of the week.

3 Oct 12

Seattle’s Rental Housing Inspection Program: What does it mean for you?

The City of Seattle has passed a Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance, and it will be important for you to know what are your rights! There is a lot of misinformation out there on this important piece of local legislation, and we wanted to dispel a lot of the myth’s about the new law.

2 Oct 12

HUGE WIN for Healthy Housing in Seattle!

Victory! After a 5 year campaign — and almost 20 years for the TU — the City Council unanimously voted in the Rental Housing Registration & Inspection Program, a bill that will dramatically shift the power imbalance between landlords and tenants and hold the slumlords in our community accountable.