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15 May 13
If you have gotten help from the TU, please take a moment to make a gift through GiveBIG today and it will be increased by the Seattle Foundation! The TU is working to build power with renters all over the state and has been providing tenant education, organizing, and advocacy for over 35 years. Click on the yellow “Donate Now” button above. Thank you!
1 May 13
TU leaders and staff have been working with Puget Sound Sage and other groups to emphasize the need for affordable housing as Seattle, including South Lake Union, undergoes development and the rent goes steadily higher, displacing low income renters. The TU wants to make sure low income renters are included in South Lake Union and that the City is doing enough to stem the landslide loss of affordable housing in the greater downtown area. Read on for information on how to take action.
27 Mar 13
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!
20 Mar 13
12 anti-tenant bills were introduced this session threatening tenants’ rights. Collectively these bills would have stripped tenants of due process and made it easier for landlords to evict over arbitrary and excessive fees, hamper safeguards against carbon monoxide poisoning, empower landlords to arrest your guests or void your verbal agreements, and much more. Take action now!
11 Mar 13
Senate cut-off is this Wednesday to pass the Fair Tenant Screening Act to protect domestic violence survivors, and block 4 anti-tenant bills that collectively will strip tenants of due process by allowing landlords to evict over arbitrary and excessive fees, empower landlords to arrest your guests or void your verbal rental agreement, and much more. Act Now!
7 Mar 13
If you are a Kirkland resident take a stand for civil rights and ask the Kirkland City Council to pass a critical law prohibiting source of income discrimination. The proposal would end the practice of stereotyping tenants for their participation in the Section 8 voucher program, which is a routine and legal means for landlords to deny housing to the most low-income residents. Follow the link to take action!
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!
29 Jan 13
Join other Tenants Union members in advocating for tenant rights, the Fair Tenant Screening Act, and other key programs at Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, February 11th. Or send a message to your elected officials here!
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.