Let's Pass The Tenant Empowerment Act in Congress!

Across the country, some tenants have been forced to live in substandard conditions, lacking sufficient hot water, reliable heat, or a roofthat keeps out rain and snow. Tenants of color, in particular, are disproportionately impacted by health-related hazards in these homes such as mold, allergens, lead, and poor air quality.

In July, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Maxine Waters introduced The Tenant Empowerment Act alongside NAHT tenants! NAHT's proposed bill would empower Project Based Section 8 tenants to improve their homes as partners with HUD in various ways.

More specifically, it would:

  • Extend Rent Withholding and Repair and Deduct rights to Section 8 tenants nationwide;
  • Require HUD to match tenants' rent withholding in properties that have failed HUD inspections;
  • Allow tenants and communities to trigger HUD inspections;
  • Allow tenants to accompany and meet with HUD inspectors;
  • Provide Access to Information and Third Party Enforcement Rights;
  • Extend Right to Organize protections to Project Based Voucher tenants;
  • Provide funds for tenant organizing;
  • and much more!

Read the bill summary prepared by Rep. Pressley's office here and the full Discussion Draft text here.

Individuals and organizations should contact their member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor HR4237. You can use this letter as a template to email/call your legislator-- just copy and paste it into an email, then personalize it.

If you/your organization are in NY, CA, MA, GA, IL, FL, TX, or OH, you are in states with PRIORITY COSPONSORS-- use this chart to get their contact information; it is critical that you contact them!

To cosponsor this legislation, Representatives should fill out this form and/or please reach out to Jen Curt ([email protected]) with questions.

Thank You For Your Support!

Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Rashia Tlaib To Join NAHT Conference

The Annual NAHT Conference will take place Mon, June 28- Wed, June 30 on Zoom! 

See the conference program and register here.

Just announced: Senator Chuck Schumer & Representative Rashida Tlaib will join us on Wednesday!

More to be announced in the coming days!

 

Register for NAHT's 2021 Annual Conference!

Join the fight to SAVE OUR HOMES and build the US tenant movement!

Meet with top officials from HUD! Take our message to Congress on Lobby Day!

Attend tenant-led workshops on topics including:

  • How to Build Strong Tenants Associations
  • How to Fight Management Harassment
  • How to Fight Urban Displacement & Gentrification
  • Next Steps in US & Global Tenants Rights Movements
  • How to Respond to Expiring HUD Contracts
  • How to Replace Substandard Management
  • HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration: Threat, or Benefit?

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2021 conference will take place virtually on Zoom.

Register here!

2021 NAHT Annual Meeting

The 2021 NAHT Annual Meeting will take place on Zoom as part of the 2021 NAHT Annual Conference.  A Zoom link and conference call number will be provided to all Voting Member and Associate Member Group Representatives three days prior to the meeting. 

Please note that most current dues will expire prior to June 28.  Be sure to renew your group’s dues no later than Friday, June 18, 2021. $25 dues will entitle all members of your board or committee to register free of additional charge for the entire NAHT Conference. 

            NAHT’s Annual Membership Meeting will convene at 3:15 p.m. on June 28, 2021 during the Virtual NAHT conference and may be continued at subsequent times on that date.  The meeting will hear and vote on board reports on NAHT activities and elect a new Board of Directors.

            Voting membership in NAHT is open to resident organizations in current or formerly HUD-assisted and/or insured multi-family housing. This includes Public Housing developments proposed for conversion to private ownership by a Public Housing Agency through Notice to tenants pursuant to HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration or other programs; resident owner groups, or organizing committees, that meet regularly, are democratic, representative of all groups in their development, independent of non-resident owners or management agents, and are committed to permanently affordable housing for low and moderate income people.

            Each member organization will have one vote at the membership meeting.  The dues for resident organizations are currently $25 annually for voting membership and are effective for one year from date of receipt. Voting member groups will be able to vote at NAHT’s Special Membership Meeting and in elections for the NAHT Board of Directors.  Only designated representatives of dues-paying voting member groups in good standing may vote for or run for the NAHT board.

            Associate (non-voting) membership in NAHT is open to non-profit organizations that work with HUD tenants and share the goals and objectives of NAHT.  Associate member group representatives may attend the Special Membership Meeting as observers but may not vote in membership proceedings.

David Nollman, Secretary
National Alliance of HUD Tenants

Listen to "Ask Gerri" on WHCR and Help Avert an Eviction Tsunami!

[Ask Geraldine Talk Show streaming on WHCR.org EVery Monday 5pm to 6pm. Have a housing question? Ask Gerri! Ms.Gerri@yahoo.com]

Geraldine Collins, the President of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants Board, is now the host of a weekly talk show, "Ask Geraldine," on WHCR 90.3FM, a Harlem-based radio program out of the City College of New York. Her first broadcast was two evenings ago, August 17, 2020! She interviewed NAHT's own Michael Kane for close to an hour, about the tsunami of evictions and what tenants need to do nationwide to save their homes.

The show was broadcast live on radio in NYC, and nationwide through a web link. Here’s the recording.

Listeners can help pass the HEROES act housing protections, to avert a tsunami of evictions for 23-30 million tenants in the next few months. Please listen, post and share!