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29 May 19

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS on his­toric wins for ten­ant pro­tec­tions across WA State!

A strong coali­tion fought hard and won evic­tion reform! Next stop: Just Cause protections!

29 May 19

New Hours and Days for the Edu­ca­tion Hotline!

Check out the updat­ed Hot­line schedule

15 May 18

TONIGHT: Ten­ants’ Rights Ral­ly and Press Conference

Taco­ma is in the midst of a severe hous­ing cri­sis. The city draft­ed rec­om­men­da­tions to address afford­able hous­ing almost 10 years ago, but hard­ly any action was tak­en. Now things have reached a boil­ing point and renters are com­ing togeth­er to assert our rights.

5 Apr 18

Board Sec­re­tary Liz Dupee on KUOW dis­cussing the rul­ing against Seat­tle’s First-in-Time Rental Law

TUNE IN — Our Board Sec­re­tary Liz Dupee on KUOW Pub­lic Radio dis­cussing yes­ter­day’s dis­ap­point­ing deci­sion by a King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court judge.

25 Jan 18

Inter­view with Vio­let Lavatai: How Colum­bia City (and Seat­tle) became rich­er and whiter

Inter­im Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Vio­let Lavatai is inter­viewed for the Out­side City Hall col­umn to high­light con­tin­u­ing issues around hous­ing in the Seat­tle area.

24 Jan 18

Ten­ants Union’s leg­isla­tive endorse­ments to know and sup­port in 2018

So what can you do about it? Call you state leg­is­la­tors! Talk to oth­er tenants!

19 Oct 17

Tonight! Peo­ple’s Bud­get 2017 — Stop the Sweeps! Fund Hous­ing & Services

We know what it means when they pass a busi­ness-as-usu­al bud­get year after year: wast­ing mil­lions on inhu­mane and inef­fec­tive sweeps of home­less peo­ple while cater­ing to the inter­ests of big busi­ness and a bloat­ed bud­get for the police department.

16 Mar 17

State­ment from the ED on Spokane Hate Crime

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jes­sa Lewis makes a state­ment regard­ing the appalling hate crime on the build­ing our Spokane office calls home.

7 Nov 16

Press Release: Ren­ton Fam­i­lies Safe From Imme­di­ate Displacement

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of two Ren­ton apart­ment com­plex­es with­drew their orig­i­nal notices requir­ing dozens of Hous­ing Choice Vouch­er (HCV)-holders to vacate their units.

16 Jun 16

TU Pol­i­cy Pri­or­i­ties & Sat­is­fac­tion Survey

Fill out our 10-ques­tion sur­vey to guide the TU’s pro­grams, prac­tices, and policies.

15 Jun 16

Press Release: Seat­tle Takes Action on Crim­i­nal Records in Housing

The Seat­tle City Coun­cil unan­i­mous­ly passed a res­o­lu­tion that affirms the use of new HUD guid­ance regard­ing the use of crim­i­nal records in deter­min­ing hous­ing approvals.

7 Jun 16

Vic­to­ry! Carl Haglund Law Passed at Seat­tle City Council

Ten­ants Union orga­niz­ers teamed up the Seat­tle City Coun­cil to work with ten­ants expe­ri­enc­ing hor­ri­ble hous­ing con­di­tions. Click to see what those ten­ants did to change the way the City of Seat­tle looks at slum­lords and rent increases!!

3 May 16

Changes to Ten­ant Screenings

See with­in to see the changes to the appli­ca­tion process and secu­ri­ty deposit return.

26 Apr 16

The Evic­tion Economy

Read with­in for arti­cles relat­ing to what Matthew Desmond has dubbed The Evic­tion Economy’.

31 Mar 16

Leg­is­la­ture Miss­es Oppor­tu­ni­ty to Address Statewide Home­less­ness Crisis

Dis­ap­point­ing Bud­get Results for Afford­able Hous­ing and Home­less­ness — Read with­in for com­men­tary from the Wash­ing­ton Low Income Hous­ing Alliance

16 Mar 16

Out­side City Hall: Home­less­ness — City lead­ers ignore root cause

Read about the his­to­ry of afford­able hous­ing in Seat­tle from 1980 to now.

27 Oct 15

UPDATE: Increased Fund­ing for Ten­ant Education!

Each year, City Coun­cils around the state decide their bud­gets and which caus­es to fur­ther. This year, the City *DOU­BLED* our edu­ca­tion bud­get! Thank you to all who advo­cat­ed for this nec­es­sary service.

15 Oct 15

A Mem­ber of the Theodo­ra Res­cue Com­mit­tee Speaks

Shawn Wal­ton, mem­ber of the Theodo­ra Res­cue Com­mit­tee and for­mer ten­ant, speaks on his expe­ri­ences with the Ten­ants Union.

14 Oct 15

An Open Let­ter to Carl Haglund

Ten­ants from 6511 Rainier have spo­ken. See with­in to hear their thoughts and con­cerns about mis­in­for­ma­tion and bla­tant decep­tion from the land­lord claim­ing to care for the property.

5 Oct 15

Stand Up to the Slumlords!

A Seat­tle apart­ment build­ing more than dou­bles the rent for units with deplorable con­di­tions and over­run with bugs. Learn more about the folks being told to pay up or get out.