SF Tenants and Families Campaign Kickoff!

The SF Tenants and Families Campaign Kickoff is Thursday, September 3 at 5:30 pm, at 209 Golden Gate (and Leavenworth). There will be food, community, and we will build working class power!

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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
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Building Tenant Power

Since 1971, the San Francisco Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. The Tenants Union is supported by membership and counseling donations and this enables our advocacy to be uncompromising and not influenced by pressures from government or other funders. We are a 501(c)(4) since we campaign for political candidates. We seek to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish a political power to create change.

Join the Tenants Union today to help support on going efforts to protect and expand affordable housing in the city. Your membership helps keep the clinic going and drives our advocacy.

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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. We seek to create tools that contribute to collective resistance, and that can be used by diverse communities in movement building.

Utilizing maps and digital storytelling, we strive to make the often obscured mechanisms of material, cultural, and affective displacement palpable. We see the eviction epidemic as endemic to a political economy built to privilege corporate interests of real estate and tech, and seek to contribute to a living archive that deconstructs corporate collusion.

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The SF Tenants Union Proudly Endorses Aaron Peskin for District 3 Supervisor


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Drop-In Tenants’ Rights Counseling Clinic

The Tenants Union operates a drop-in counseling clinic for members and nonmembers. Since the Tenants Union is a membership-supported organization, we ask that new tenants become members of the Tenants Union. Members receive a copy of our Tenants Rights Handbook and access to phone counseling. If you do not join, we ask that you make a donation when you come in (but no one is turned away for lack of funds).

Hours for the clinic include daytime, evening and weekend hours. Since the actual hours can vary each week, tenants should check our drop-in schedule or call 415-282-6622 right before coming for the schedule. Counselors are trained to answer virtually any question regarding your rights as a tenant or sub-tenant. Please bring in all your paperwork (notices, letters, rental agreement, etc.).

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SFTU Counseling Clinic


Tenants Rights Handbook

The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes an over-320 page handbook yearly. The 16th Edition of the Tenants Rights Handbook is available to members only. The handbook contains comprehensive information on the law, strategies, and resources for tenant rights in San Francisco.

We see the Tenants Rights Handbook a part of a larger organizing strategy to build political power by empowering tenants to learn and understand their rights. Being able to articulate your rights to landlords and politicians helps to assert tenant power in San Francisco.

We encourage you to become a member of the San Francisco Tenants Union and offer the handbook as a tool for tenant self-empowerment and self-determination.

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The Tenants Union has joined the SF Tenants and Families Campaign coalition, a group of progressive labor unions, educators, and tenant advocates. Our goal is to tip the balance on the Board of Supervisors away from the corporate interests to protect struggling residents who live and work here now. If we win this election, we […]

Airbnb Horror Story

Airbnb guest was sexually assaulted after Airbnb refused to assist the guest. Since Ron Conway, a major investor in Airbnb, contributes a lot of money to local political candidates, you can support candidates not funded by Airbnb (such as Aaron Peskin) and measures to stop the abuses by Airbnb.


Come celebrate Ted’s birthday with us on August 20th at the Uptown bar on 200 Capp Street and 17th Street. Share stories with friends and colleagues. Ted was the director of the Tenants Union for over 25 years and was vital to the current tenants rights movement that is erupting!


On July 24, SF Tenants Union spokesperson Scott Weaver debated a pro-developer representative on the November ballot measure for a moratorium on luxury housing development in the Mission District. The Mission is currently going through what is called hyper-gentrification, and affordable housing is being lost at a rate that not seen since that last tech […]

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San Francisco Tenants Union
558 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110