Hotline Volunteer: ‘Empowering Tenants to Stand Up’

Knowledge is empowerment, she believes. Callers almost always “feel that they have control over their situation” and that their concerns are valid after speaking to a volunteer, she says. “All we talk about in this city in terms of housing is building new developments. Meanwhile, people are suffering in their housing situations now, and there’s no one out there saying, ‘you should be mad and stand up to your landlord if they are doing something wrong.’”

Tenants Push Council on Construction-as-Harassment Bills

With the City Council having taken no action in almost a year on 12 bills intended to curb “construction as harassment,” housing activists are pressuring it to move.