Affordable housing

Oakland Tenants Union

Oakland Tenants Union (OTU) is a community-based volunteer organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests in Oakland. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggles with landlords; impacting legislation and public policy about housing; community education; and by working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights.  

OTU runs a tenant rights hotline at (510) 704-5276

Isla Vista Tenants Union

We are a student run organization that primarily focuses on tenant education and legal counseling.

Isla Vista Tenants Union challenges and transforms unjust housing conditions and housing policies through empowerment-based education, leadership development, and grassroots community organizing. 

HIP Housing

HIP Housing’s mission is to invest in human potential by improving the housing and lives of people in our community.


1) Home Sharing Program

  • A living arrangement among two or more unrelated people
  • Home owners or renters who have a residence with one or more bedrooms are matched with persons seeking housing
  • If interested, call to discuss the program at an appointment 

2) Self Sufficiency Program

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County

Here in Marin, since 1946, our key crisis assistance programs support over 10,000 people annually and have grown to include:
1) Homeless Prevention through trained volunteer home visits.
2) Housing Help Desk provides direct client aid for homeless people.
3) Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) collaborative program to help chronically homeless individuals with multiple health problems.
4) Free Dining Room serving nearly 200,000 meals, open every day.

Inquilinos Unidos

Inquilinos Unidos (United Tenants) empowers low-income Los Angeles tenants through community organizing, education and advocacy. We also work on legislative efforts, tenant rights training and strategy planning, and class action or taxpayer lawsuits to address the most egregious housing violations.

IU offers Tenant Resource Clinics at its office on Mondays from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, as well as walk-in services on Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tenants may also call the IU office and leave a message for call-back assistance.

updated 07/19_FC

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