BBQ with the Tenants Union, July 29

Join the Tenants Union and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s BBQ on July 29 from 1–5 pm at the Tenants Union.


Threat to Rent Control

California Assembly Bill 943 is a stunning attempt by the real estate industry to undermine any ballot measure it doesn’t like, including rent control laws. Urge your representatives to vote no on AB 943.

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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 volunteer led and membership supported. Membership and counseling donations 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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Drop-In Tenants’ Rights Counseling Clinic

The Tenants Union operates a volunteer counselor drop-in counseling clinic for members and nonmembers. Since the Tenants Union is a membership-supported organization, we ask that tenants become members of the Tenants Union or make a donation (but no one is turned away for lack of funds). Hours for the clinic include daytime, evening and weekend hours.

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Tenants Rights Handbook

The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes the definitive handbook on tenants rights under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and California law with annual updates. The 18th Edition (December 2016) of the Tenants Rights Handbook,  is available to members only and contains comprehensive information on the law, strategies, and resources.

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July 27th is part of the Housing Now! coalition’s statewide day of action to stop speculation and displacement. Join the Bay Area 2-Part Action! Come to one or both!! Thursday, July 27 Part 1: 3:30–5:00pm 3:30pm: Meet at the McDonald’s at 235 Front St., San Francisco. Together we’ll go protest one of the largest Wall […]


Join Housing Rights Committee to learn more about your rights as a tenant. What is rent control? What should I do if my landlord is not fixing anything? What is Parkmerced’s redevelopment project? We will answer all the questions at the workshop. San Francisco State University J Paul Leonard Library, Room 121


By Leslie Dreyer, Joseph Smooke and Sarah Sherburn-Zimmer on July 20, 2017 1:00 am Dear YIMBYs, Lobbying for market-rate development without a strategy to keep low-income, senior and disabled tenants in their neighborhoods is pro-displacement, not pro-housing, as your platform implies. Calling for housing deregulation won’t solve our housing crisis; it will simply make rich […]

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