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The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon's only grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-membership organization. Our mission is to educate and empower tenants to demand affordable, stable and safe rental homes. CAT educates and organizes low-income tenants and tenants of color to address the impact of these conditions on tenants. Low-income tenants in Oregon face skyrocketing rents, low rental vacancy rates, discrimination, instability, displacement, overcrowding and worsening living conditions. CAT is building a strong housing justice movement that is led and directed by those who are most affected by Oregon's affordable housing crisis - low-income renters.
CAT runs a Renters' Rights hotline that educates tenants about their rights as renter and provides practical strategies to self-advocate. The hotline is staffed by volunteers. CAT also provides educational materials and workshops on Renters' Rights.
The Safe Housing Project educates and organizes tenants who are in large buildings to demand much needed repairs. Working collectively, tenants gain power, are more effective, and minimize potential evictions. We are also working with City to improve the building inspection process to be more effective as a means to get repairs made.
The Housing Justice Projects educates and empowers tenants to advocate for policy change at the City of Portland and at the State. Currently we are working to get more funding for affordable housing.
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