The Tenants Together Action Fund is the newly formed political arm of California's statewide tenant movement. TT Action Fund uses the political and legislative process to defend and advance the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing. TT Action Fund strengthens the statewide tenant movement as we fight for fairness and justice for tenants across California.
Why a Political Arm of the Tenant Movement?
We are fed up with the real estate industry's control of California politicians. At a time when tenants are struggling with surging rents, uninhabitable living conditions, and unfair evictions, California politicians are less and less responsive to the needs of tenants. Even the most modest legislation to stop security deposit theft and plug up eviction loopholes have been defeated thanks to real estate industry campaign donations and high-priced lobbyists.
It does not have to be like this. When tenants organize, unite, and rise up, we win. For example, in 2008 when landlords sought to abolish rent control at the ballot, California voters crushed them at the polls by a 22 point margin, proving yet again that voters overwhelmingly support tenant rights and oppose unfair evictions and rent hikes. But too often, tenant voices are drowned out by the political power of the real estate industry.
We must change this political power dynamic, city by city and across the state. Please join in this effort to build a powerful political arm of the California tenant movement.