Want to join the movement for housing justice? It's time to sign up for our our quarterly (free!) tenants' rights counselor training. Join our crew of volunteers as a hotline counselor, and get trained on tenant’s rights! Training dates: May 31st and June 1st from 5:30-8:00 pm (both days required).
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Tenants Together, California's Statewide Organization for Renters' Rights (based in San Francisco), seeks volunteers to become tenants’ rights counselors. Tenants Together volunteers have worked alongside over ten thousand California renters as they learn and fight for their rights. Counselors help tenants fight against evictions, rent increases, uninhabitable living conditions and the wholesale displacement of their communities.
Counselors are key in the fight against gentrification and displacement. 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 cities like Alameda, Hayward, Richmond and Concord that are being massively affected by the affordable housing crisis in SF and the Bay Area. As we have seen in SF and Oakland, the appalling impacts of displacement always more intensely affect people of color, low income communities, disabled and elderly folks, and immigrant communities. Counselors have the opportunity to work directly with those who are most affected by the housing crisis, not only to bring them vital information, but to catalyze them to organize, and to support them in this struggle for their rights.
The next scheduled training, over two days, is:
Monday, May 31st 5:30-8pm
Tuesday, June 1st 5:30-8pm
BOTH DAYS are required to complete the counseling training. You will learn invaluable skills to help your community and become part of a team fighting for housing justice.
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/duration during the week, please contact Sara to discuss)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org