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Tenants and Neighbors is Hiring!

Tenants & Neighbors is hiring two VISTA Tenant Organizers to do organizing in at-risk HUD Developments!

The VISTA tenant organizer position will be a two-year position funded by the federal housing agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a national tenant organizing program. The tenant organizer will assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability, assist in campaigns to preserve HUD-assisted affordable housing, and participate in a national movement to preserve at-risk affordable housing with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT). We are seeking a VISTA Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated with this new grant. See the full job description by clicking here and to apply, send a cover letter and resume to Katie Goldstein at Kgoldstein@tandn.org.

Our Campaigns

Rent Law Campaign: Renew and strengthen the rent laws June 2015!

The rent laws governing rent-regulation will expire June 2015. Tenants & Neighbors is working with our allies in a coalition, The Alliance for Tenant Power, to renew and strengthen the rent laws. Rent-regulated housing is the primary source of housing for low income New Yorkers.  However, the pressure to deregulate apartments has led to the de-stabilization of diverse neighborhoods.  Tenants struggle with rising rents that have outpaced cost of living increases in income and the windfall landlords receive in deregulated units has led to harassment and fraud.  The Alliance for Tenant Power is organizing to preserve and strengthen the rent regulation system legislatively to maintain diverse and livable communities. Click here for our legislative platform and to get involved in the campaign, contact the Alliance for Tenant Power Campaign Manager, Delsenia Glover at Dglover@tandn.org or at 212-608-4320 ext. 308.

United for Homes Campaign: 

United for Homes is the campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund with revenue raised from modifications to the mortgage interest deduction. Tenants & Neighbors is organizing to build support for the United for Homes campaign in New York State to create a funding stream for affordable housing for extremely low-income tenants. For more information, click here and contact Jennifer Berkley at Jberkley@tandn.org or at 212-608-4320 ext. 311.

Rent Freeze Campaign:

Tenants & Neighbors is organizing for a rent freeze for rent-stabilized tenants at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. To get involved in the campaign, contact Delsenia Glover at Dglover@tandn.org or at 212-608-4320 ext. 308.  

Rent Guidelines Board Votes for 1% and 2.75% Rent Hikes

On Monday, June 23rd, the Rent Guidelines Board voted for the lowest increase in the history of the board at 1% increase for a one-year lease renewal and 2.75% increase for a two-year lease renewal. After a historic opportunity to correct the course of unjustifiably high rent increases under Mayor Bloomberg's administration, the Board voted for rent hikes for low and moderate income tenants. Tenants & Neighbors worked closely with a citywide coalition of hundreds of tenants, elected officials, legal service providers, and tenant advocates during the past few months. As a result of these efforts, the tenant movement came the closest we ever have to a rent freeze.

We are disappointed that the Rent Guidelines Board did not vote for a rent freeze. A rent freeze was what New Yorkers needed.

At Tenants & Neighbors, our members are facing the affordability crisis and are making hard decisions every day. Paying the increasingly unaffordable rent means not being able to buy medicine, food, clothes, take vacations, visit grandchildren, and having to take in roommates. Throughout the campaign, tenants testified about the increasing unaffordability of their apartment and neighborhood, predatory equity speculation in regulated housing, and the Board's obligation to consider their own data of increasing profit for landlords and high rent burdens for tenants.

You can see some of the tenant's stories here: http://rentfreeze.tumblr.com

We still need a course correction. Tenants & Neighbors will continue to organize for a rent freeze for both one and two year leases for next year's Rent Guidelines Board. We hope you will join us in this fight!

 




How We Assist Tenants

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service

Answer Your Questions
about Tenants' Rights

We can answer questions you may have about your rights as a tenant. Email your question to us at info@tandn.org or give us a call at 212-608-4320. Rent regulated tenants, please call extension 314. Other tenants, please call extension 400.

Help You Organize
a Tenant Association

If you would like to start a tenant association in your building or revitalize an existing tenant association, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.

Help You Organize
a Building Campaign

If your tenant association would like to organize a campaign around an issue in your building, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition

Help You Organize
a System Change Campaign

We have a number of ongoing campaigns to address the underlying causes of loss of affordability. The best way to get involved is to join one of our Tenant Leadership Committees, which help us determine campaign goals and plan strategies and tactics. For more information, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-609-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.


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Become a Member
Annual dues are only $35 for individuals, $10 for youth under 25 and low-income people. Click here to join the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition. As soon as you join, we'll send you a membership card in the mail. Your tenant association can also join as an organizational member. For more information, contact Miriam Serrano at 212-608-4320 ext. 314.

Join a Tenant Leadership Committe
The committees typically meet on a monthly basis, in the evenings, and they help us plan and carry out our campaigns. We provide training and leadership development to committee members. If you are interested, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.