What is the #RenterWeekOfAction and Assemblies?

Members of the Homes For All campaign are calling for renters, low-income homeowners, people without homes, labor and tenant unions, and all people who believe that housing is a human right to take bold, creative and direct action September 18-24, 2017.

In 75+ cities, towns and suburbs we are organizing a coordinated national week of actions to fight evictions, stop unfair rent increases, stop HUD cuts and corporate giveaways, and to advocate for community control of land and housing. Since 2013, we’ve won rent control or just cause eviction legislation in more than 15 different jurisdictions, supported the creation of land trusts in 5 states and grown from 18 organizations in 15 cities to 64 organizations in 38 cities and 24 states.

This year our fight for a world where all people have dignified and affordable homes is more critical than ever. In cities, towns, and suburbs—on highways and in byways—in the heartland and on the coast—we will demonstrate to the landlords, the developers, and the government that the #RenterNation is rising.

Why do we need the National Renter Week of Action NOW?

We are facing a Renter State of Emergency!

Rampant evictions, rapidly rising rents, spiraling water and energy costs, and developer-driven gentrification are displacing our children, our families and destroying our communities and cultures.  Housing is unaffordable, especially for communities of color, low-wage workers and working class people, mothers and families. One in two renters pay more than 30% of their income on rent and one in four pay more than 50%! (www.nlihc.org/oor)

Evictions disproportionately impact low-income African American women and Latinxs – particularly mothers—often lead to job and income loss worsening poverty. Evictions and rising rents lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Displaced children lose educational opportunities and connections to friends, community and stability. Seniors are being forced into substandard housing conditions impacting their health and well-being. Often, the cost of housing and fear of homelessness influence survivors of domestic violence to choose between being on the streets or being threatened with daily violence. Gentrification divides communities and uproots the political and cultural power of our communities.

Massive cuts to the Housing and Urban Development Department threatened by the current administration and Wall Street backed congress are now attacking even the subsistence trickle of affordable housing and social services that our communities fought long and hard for.   Combined with public subsidies and land giveaways to corporate landlords are the leading edge of a comprehensive strategy to marginalize our communities economically and politically by the Wall Street directed US Congress and Presidency.

Racist zoning, financing, and subsidies by state and local government have denied access to housing and land for Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian communities. Now is the time to demand and win universal rent control, eviction protections and investments in community land trusts and publicly funded infrastructure for the common good.

We need a Renter Week of Action and Assemblies to demand a halt to the racial, gender and economic violence harming our people and to organize together to create new models for community control of land and housing and to demonstrate the growing power of the #RenterNation—110 Million people and growing ever more organized!



Versión español:

Mientras que el gobierno federal amenaza con cortar millones de dólares para nuestra vivienda, servicios para la salud y sociales, y los gobiernos locales y estatales ponen mayor interés en los bienes raíces que en las comunidades, creemos en el poder de más de 110 millones de inquilinxs organizando en conjunto con osadía y visión. Este septiembre, nos levantamos como inquilinxs, familias desamparadas y personas propietarias de bajos ingresos para declarar un Estado de Emergencia de Inquilinxs y para pelear por un mundo donde todas las personas tengan hogares asequibles, dignos y sustentables.

Cada mes, millones de nostrxs luchamos para encontrar vivienda asequible, nos preocupamos sobre cómo pagar la renta, nos echan de nuestros hogares mediante desalojos injustos, y miramos mientras nuestros vecindarios se venden al mejor postor para edificar vivienda de lujo y servicios para lxs ricxs. Mientras luchamos, lxs arrendadorxs e inversionistas corporativxs reciben miles de millones de dólares públicos por parte de nuestrxs funcionarios públicxs para comprar nuestros hogares, aburguesar nuestros vecindarios y lucrar a partir de nuestro sufrimiento.

Lxs arrendadorxs corporativxs piensan que pueden robar nuestras culturas, devorar nuestros sueldos, negar nuestra humanidad, empujarnos fuera de nuestros vecindarios y convertir nuestras ciudades en patios de recreo para lxs ricxs. ¡No pueden, no lo harán y depende de nosotrxs el detenerles! Nuestro movimiento es resiliente, poderoso y completamente capaz no solo de defenderse de estos ataques, pero de transformar a nuestra sociedad a una en que la gente y el planeta estén por encima de las ganancias de magnates, bancos y corporaciones de bienes raíces:

Del 18 al 24 de septiembre de 2017, nos levantaremos en la movilización más grande de su tipo para la Semana de Acción y Asambleas

En conjunto, miles de inquilinxs tomarán acción acciones drásticas y escaladas enfocadas en HUD, arrendadorxs corporativxs e inversionistas y a nuestrxs gobiernos locales y estatales para hacer un llamado a:

  • ¡Un control de renta universal, un salario digno, y un cese a todos los desalojos injustos!
  • Un alto a los despilfarros de Wall Street y patrocinio completo para HUD para que garantice la vivienda para todxs.
  • El derecho de todxs lxs inquilinxs a organizar y negociar de manera colectiva.
  • Control comunitario sobre la tierra y la vivienda.

Después, llevaremos a cabo asambleas masivas de inquilinxs del 9/22 – 9/24 para traer a miles de personas a nuestro movimiento para luchar por la vivienda como un derecho humano y por el control comunitario de la tierra y la vivienda.