Want to join the movement for housing justice? Join our crew of volunteers as a hotline counselor, and get trained on tenant’s rights!
Tenants Together, California's Statewide Organization for Renters' Rights (based in San Francisco), seeks volunteers to become tenants’ rights counselors. To date, Tenants Together volunteers have helped over 9000 renters learn and assert their rights. Counselors help tenants demand that repairs be done and security deposits returned, and help them fight against evictions, rent increases and the wholesale displacement of their communities.
As a Tenant Hotline Counselor you will play a key role in empowering tenants to assert their rights and protect their homes and families. Recently counselors have been educating tenants in the City of Alameda about their rights under the temporary moratorium on rent increases that kept rents from increasing from January to March of 2016, so tenants wouldn’t just pack up and leave when they got a rent increase. As we have seen in SF and Oakland, the appalling impacts of displacement always more intensely affect people of color and low income communities. Counselors have the opportunity to work directly with those who are most affected by the housing crisis, and not only to bring them vital information, but to catalyze them to organize and stand up for their rights. Counselors are key in the fight against gentrification and displacement.
Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 3 hours per week at the Tenants Together office located at 474 Valencia St, San Francisco. The Hotline operates Monday through Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm (we can also consider alternative time slots during the week, please contact Sara to discuss).
The next scheduled training, over two days, is:
Tuesday, May 31 st 5:30-8pm
Wednesday, June 1st 5:30-8pm
To apply, we ask that you fill out our brief application here and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to help build an anti-racist, feminist, multiracial, anti-oppressive tenant movement. This means we do not tolerate racism, homophobia, ableism, transphobia, islamophobia, classism, cis-sexism, or sexism. We also hope to continue working to make this event, and our office, as accessible as possible to everyone who is interested in being part of the fight for housing justice.
Accessibility: The building/ office is wheelchair accessible and is 2 city blocks from 16th and Mission BART . We will be taking regular breaks throughout the training. We have a gender inclusive bathroom. Unfortunately we are not currently a scent-free working space. If you have any accessibility concerns, requests or comments please email email@example.com
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 15
- Orientation or Training
- expected to commit to at least 3 hours per week