TU News

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.

3 Aug 15

Ten­ants Union Events Calendar

Check out our upcom­ing events!

25 Jun 15

SHAG is a Drag!

SHAG evicts 90 year old ten­ant; water woes; and sim­i­lar prob­lems in Cal­i­for­nia. Get more infor­ma­tion on the Senior Hous­ing Assis­tance Group and how it treats its tenants.

25 Nov 14

King Coun­ty Coun­cil Rein­states Ten­ants Rights Funding!

Dur­ing a very dif­fi­cult bud­get year, the King Coun­ty Coun­cil vot­ed to rein­state fund­ing for cru­cial ten­ants rights edu­ca­tion which goes to empow­er thou­sands of res­i­dents across the coun­ty! Send the Coun­cil a brief note to thank them, and thanks to every­one who called on them to sup­port tenants!

18 Aug 14

Michael Brown Sol­i­dar­i­ty Open Letter

Giv­en the cri­sis unfold­ing in Fer­gu­son, MO, the TU staff and board have authored an open let­ter in sol­i­dar­i­ty with the Brown fam­i­ly and protesters.

18 Jul 14

Vic­to­ry with­in Reach for Squire Park Plaza Tenants!

Squire Park Plaza ten­ants have been mov­ing & shak­ing: between a press con­fer­ence and a meet­ing with City offi­cials, they have sent a mes­sage to their build­ing’s would-be for-prof­it own­er to back off– and won!

12 Mar 14

Ten­ants Pick­et Good­man Real Estate to Stop Displacement

Ten­ants of the Theodo­ra Res­cue Com­mit­tee, and Lock­haven Ten­ants Union orga­nized togeth­er with allies to pick­et GRE head­quar­ters to demand they stop their preda­to­ry acqui­si­tions of afford­able hous­ing in Seattle.

13 Nov 13

Read the TU 2013 Annu­al Report

The TU has done some fan­tas­tic work in 2013! We had an amaz­ing ten­ant-led mem­ber­ship and cam­paign plan­ning process, expand­ed STOP work into East­ern Wash­ing­ton, brought on two new staff mem­bers and a new board chair, and much, much more. Read about it all in the TU’s 2013 Annu­al Report.

7 Jun 13

Con­tact Seat­tle City Coun­cil to End Job Dis­crim­i­na­tion in Seattle!

Ten­ants need to have a fair shot at employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties in order to have hous­ing sta­bil­i­ty, write to the Seat­tle City Coun­cil before Mon­day (June 10th) to pass the Jobs Assis­tance Legislation!

25 Apr 13


Vic­to­ries for Hous­ing Jus­tice: This week we’ve won gains in afford­able hous­ing and access to hous­ing… but it’s only the begin­ning! Click here for more details.

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.

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.

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.

29 Mar 12

Ten­ants speak out to win safe hous­ing and account­abil­i­ty for land­lords in Seattle

TU mem­bers are shar­ing their sto­ries with elect­ed offi­cials, the media and each oth­er to win a strong Rental Hous­ing Inspec­tion Pro­gram in the City of Seat­tle. See the recent news cov­er­age here, and find out how to share your story!

4 Dec 07

Pur­chase a Nik­ki McClure Lim­it­ed Edi­tion Print to Ben­e­fit the Ten­ants Union

Update: Nik­ki McClure prints still avail­able. Order yours today! The Ten­ants Union was very lucky to receive a gen­er­ous dona­tion of a beau­ti­ful image from Nik­ki McClure that a local print com­pa­ny print­ed on acid-free archival qual­i­ty paper. This beau­ti­ful print, shown above, is an edi­tion lim­it­ed to 100. It’s also the first series that Ms. McClure has signed. Please call Michele at the Ten­ants Union at [email protected]​tenantsunion.​org or 2067226848, ext. 114 to inquire or to pur­chase a print.

19 Mar 07

Help Cel­e­brate the TU’s 30th birthday!

For 30 years the Ten­ants Union has lived out the mis­sion estab­lished by our founders to fight for hous­ing jus­tice through edu­ca­tion, orga­niz­ing and advo­ca­cy. Mem­bers and sup­port­ers have put them­selves on the line for jus­tice; orga­niz­ing against dis­crim­i­na­tion, fight­ing for civ­il rights, risk­ing a roof over­head to win bet­ter hous­ing con­di­tions, ral­ly­ing in the streets, tes­ti­fy­ing to law mak­ers, and even get­ting arrest­ed at a sit-in in the Mayor’s office.

12 Jun 06

Sat­ur­day, 617: Rainier Val­ley Com­mu­ni­ty Gath­er­ing on Devel­op­ment and Gentrification

Facil­i­tat­ed by Dwayne Marsh of Pol­i­cyLink, this event will explore the dynam­ics of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and what the Rainier Val­ley can do to ensure that all its res­i­dents ben­e­fit from the forth­com­ing Rainier Val­ley redevelopment.

19 May 06

Open Let­ter Regard­ing Pro­posed Devel­op­ment of Low Income Hous­ing in Hill­man City

An open let­ter to Res­i­dents of the Rainier Val­ley, City of Seat­tle Office of Hous­ing, Seat­tle City Coun­cil, South­east Dis­trict Coun­cil, and Ten­ants Union Mem­bers. Recent­ly there has been heat­ed debate around a pro­posed afford­able hous­ing devel­op­ment in the Hill­man City neigh­bor­hood of the Rainier Valley.