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Sonoma County
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

If you are interested in applying for the Sonoma County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, please visit: https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/erap-sonomacountyca/Participant.

 

If you require this material in an alternate format or have questions about the program, please email bcamacho@northbayop.org or call (707) 520-4755.

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CALL THE TENANT HOTLINE
(707) 387-1968

Please donate to our mutual aid fundraiser for fire preparedness! Help us purchase air purifiers for tenant members of our union, so we can have the cleanest air possible in our homes during fire season.

Monthly General Tenant Union Meetings

 Open to all! In-person and online hybrid!
Masks encouraged but optional for in-person attendees
Spanish language interpretation available


Every first Monday of the month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Email us for in-person location
sctu707@gmail.com

Online location:
tinyurl.com/socotenantsmtg

Or call in by phone:
669.900.9128

Mtg ID: 916 5470 1794
Password: 486778



 

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete a survey so that we can do our best to address everyone’s needs for participation. This survey will ask questions about both our meetings and other ways we can make getting involved in SCTU more accessible for you. We would love your input!

Click here to go to survey

THE SONOMA COUNTY TENANTS UNION

recognizes safe, secure, and affordable housing as a basic human right that should be enjoyed by all people as a means of enriching our community and providing economic stability for poor and working people. We envision a future where housing is community-driven and collectively owned, capitalists cannot profit from the housing of low-income and vulnerable people, and tenants unions are part of a larger, intersectional, collective fight against all systems

of oppression.

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WHY DO WE NEED A TENANTS UNION?

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Because the rent is too damn high!


According to Rent Cafe, the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Santa Rosa is $1916/month. A person’s wage would need to be nearly three times the minimum wage to afford to rent here. We are paying too much of our income in rent!

 

Because tenants are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic—in terms of infection rates, financial impacts, and a looming threat of eviction. 

  • Workers in the service industry, farmworkers, domestic workers, healthcare workers and so many more cannot stay home during the pandemic.

  • There is more than $8 million of unpaid rental debt PER MONTH in Sonoma County alone.

  • 11,400 households in Sonoma County are at risk of eviction once eviction protections expire. 

  • We fight for legislation to abolish debt, provide financial support to tenants, and to provide adequate PPE and paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Because tenants face discrimination and harassment.

 

Undocumented tenants, people of color, and LGBTQI+ people face significantly higher rates of discrimination and harassment in their housing.

Because laws that protect tenants are often complex and riddled with loopholes.

We support tenants in knowing their rights and advocating for themselves through our tenant

counseling hotline.

 

Because new construction and new development often does not meet the needs of

low- and very low-income people. 


We advocate for housing development and housing investment that is community-owned and run and can remain affordable for generations to come. We envision development that does not drive up prices, does not profit already wealthy corporations, does not accelerate gentrification, and does not displace communities already at the margins. 

BECOME A MEMBER!

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More Members = More Power
Strength in numbers – the more people we've got behind us, the more political power we hold.

 

 


Mutual Aid
With enough members paying dues, we will be able to set up a general fund to provide tenants with financial assistance for certain expenses.

 

 


Solidarity and Connectedness
Share your story, hear other people's stories, make connections, share resources, and feel empowered by collective action.

 

Voting Rights and Committee Work
Regular members have voting rights and can be on committees, so they have the power to shape the direction of the union and play an active role in fighting for tenants' rights and housing justice.

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TENANT HOTLINE

(707) 387-1968

sctuhotline@gmail.com

GENERAL INFORMATION

(707) 387-1984

sctu707@gmail.com

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