Rent control is an effective policy solution to curb rising rents and displacement. Nineteen cities in California have some form of rent control or just cause for eviction protections: Berkeley, Beverly Hills, East Palo Alto, Emeryville, Glendale, Hayward, Los Angeles, Maywood, Mountain View, Oakland, Palm Springs, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Jose, Thousand Oaks, Union City, and West Hollywood. Why not yours?
In English and Spanish. Including facts, policy analysis, communications, and campaign strategy.
Aimee Inglis, Associate Director
Dean Preston, Executive Director
Adolfo Echeverry, Office Manager
Laura Callahan, Tenants Together Translation Volunteer
Natalia Aranda Castro, Legal Intern
Dan Harper, Organizing Director
Leah Simon-Weisberg, Managing Attorney, Central Legal de la Raza
Lining Wang, Online Organizing Intern
Rhonda Smith, Policy & Research Intern
Sara Linck-Frenz, Hotline & Volunteer Coordinator
Zachary Zaharoff, Legal Intern
The toolkit draws from the combined expertise of Tenants Together staff, volunteers, interns, members, member organizations, and allies. Special thanks to the following for their ongoing contributions to document renters’ rights work and refine our messaging as a movement:
Aileen Joy, Communications Director, Sacramento Housing Alliance
Anya Svanoe, Communications Lead, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Davin Cardenas, Lead Organizer, North Bay Organizing Project
Joseph Smooke, Richmond District Program Director, Housing Rights Committee San Francisco
Leslie Dreyer, Anti-Eviction Organizer, Housing Rights Committee San Francisco
Malcolm Torrejón-Chu, Communications Strategist, Right to the City Alliance
Rose Arrieta, Communications Coordinator, Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Tony Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat
Note on the 2017 edition:
This is the second edition of our toolkit, the first was released in 2015 after the initial passage of rent control in Richmond, California. Many ideas in our first toolkit were further put to the test in rent control campaigns in 2016 including but not limited to city of Alameda, Mountain View, San Mateo, and Santa Rosa. We have refined our ideas to reflect some lessons learned in these campaigns and are proud to work to support grassroots movements for renter protections.