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5 Mar 13
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
7 Jun 12
As of June 7th Washington State tenants are provided greater transparency now that landlords are required to disclose in writing both the reason why a tenant is denied housing and what criteria they will use in their rental decision. These new laws are a hard fought victory for the TU, its members, tenant leaders, and allies like the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and others.