Tenants Union

aka TU   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.tenantsunion.org

Mission

The Tenants Union is a membership-based organization. Our work is grounded in the conviction that tenants must be the leaders of efforts to transform our housing conditions and communities, and in the belief that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, and affordable home. In our work the TU embraces the values of equality, equity, hope, sustainability, respect, dignity, direct action, civic courage, self-determination, anti-racism and anti-oppression. The Tenants Union provides tenants with the tools and information to address individual housing problems and organizes to address broader housing injustices. We achieve organizing victories through outreach, training, leadership development, strategic analysis, creative direct action and legislative advocacy.

Ruling year info

1978

Principal Officer

Ms. Siobhan Ring

Main address

5425 B Rainier Ave South

Seattle, WA 98118

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EIN

91-0967863

NTEE code info

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

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The Tenants Union has four major programs. The Education Program enables tenants to gain the knowledge and skills to deal with housing problems that jeopardize their health and stability. Tenants access the Education program through a phone hotline, in person walk-in consultations and community workshops. The TU Education Program will serve more than 2,800 households in 2007. All of those we serve are low or moderate income, more than half are living with incomes below 30% of the area median, and half are people of color or immigrants. The Section 8 Tenant Organizing Project (STOP) is a grassroots campaign to protect and expand federally subsidized housing, ensure that tenants have a voice in decisions that affect their lives, and protect tenants rights in federally subsidized housing. A barrage of policy changes over the past 10 years are eroding the amount and quality of federally subsidized housing, undermining hard won tenant-protections, initiating restrictions on tenants who participate and subjecting tenants to civil rights violations. STOP members are standing up to protect this crucial housing resource. The Justice in South Seattle Project (JSSP) is a grassroots organizing campaign to ensure that existing low-income residents are able to stay in their own community and benefit from, rather than be displaced by development in the Rainier Valley in South Seattle. More than two-thirds of the people living in the Rainier Valley are people of color and immigrants; it is a long-neglected area now facing an influx of public and private development. Unless specific policies are implemented to ensure that the coming development benefits the current residents, low-income people and people of color will be once again driven out of a neighborhood just as it is poised for renewal. The Tenant Ownership Project began in 2000 as a new Tenants Union initiative to create affordable, dignified and secure housing for low-income people. Tenant Ownership can be a powerful tool to create, preserve and improve affordable housing. It is also a means to create greater stability for low-income people, and an avenue for low-income people to generate equity and wealth for themselves and their families. Communities of color can use tenant ownership to prevent displacement and gentrification. In 2002 the multicultural, multilingual Benson East Tenants Association (BETA)in Kent, WA became the first tenant organization in the NW to become low-income tenant-owners. BETA has been recognized with a Friend of Housing Award from the State Housing Finance Commission. The Tenants Union is currently seeking out additional opportunities to create tenant controlled housing, with a special focus in Seattle's Rainier Valley.

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Tenants Union

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2007
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Michele Marchand

Jules Hughes

Jeri Gates

Esther Little Dove John

Irene Basloe Saraf

Sofia Olson