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TENAC is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated exclusively to tenant interests, tenant rights, and support for rent control in the District of Columbia. We are the only city-wide tenants organization, and we represent all tenants in the District of Columbia.
As a legal successor to the Tenants' Organizations Political Action Committee (TOPAC), we have been serving tenants for almost 15 years. TENAC's mission is to assist tenants through education, legal information, and lobbying for tenant legislation- especially affordable housing and tenants' rights. TENAC prepares legislative proposals on behalf of tenants, and testifies frequently before the City Council on matters of vital interest to tenants. Of critical importance is TENAC's HOTLINE (202-628-3688), which answers landlord/tenant questions, and TENAC's role in helping tenants to form tenant associations throughout the city.
TENAC believes that tenants in unorganized rental buildings are open for abuse by landlords, rental agents, and owners. We will not rest until we see a tenants' association in every rental building in the city.
C’MON BOWSER LET THOSE BILLS MOVE! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, A MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL FAVORS JIM GRAHAM’S BILL TO REPEAL THE BURDENSOME EXTRA 2 PERCENT RENT PER YEAR TENANTS MUST PAY,
...AND SHE WON’T LET THOSE BILLS BUDGE, WITH HER COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM. SPREAD THE WORD, TENANT COMMUNITY!
BOWSER AND CATANIA’S DEAFENING SILENCE
ON “PLUS 2 PERCENT”
Forget about The Silence of the Lambs. The candidates aren’t lambs and it’s their silence that greatly bothers tenants all across the District. David Catania claims Muriel Bowser’s doing nothing for affordable housing as chairwoman of the committee responsible for it, and he’s right. This, however, from a man, who when asked for support for significant rent reform, responded, “Yes, if AOBA (the landlord-real estate lobby) says okay.”
ANNOUNCING SURPRISE GUEST SPEAKER CAROL SCHWARTZ, NEWLY DECLARED MAYORAL CANDIDATE, TO APPEAR AT TENAC's June 26 TOWN HALL !
WITH COUNCILMEMBERS GRAHAM AND BONDS, THE MEETING PLANS TO BE A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT!COME HEAR COUNCILMEMBER GRAHAM ON HIS NEW REFORM BILL TO ELIMINATE THE BURDENSOME PLUS-2 PERCENT ANNUAL INCREASES!HEAR CAROL SCHWARTZ'S PLANS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IF ELECTED!HEAR COUNCILMEMBER BONDS ON HER LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE AFFORDABILITY! Hear Jenny Reed of The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute on how tax and budget policy affect affordable housing, and The Office of the People's Counsel (OPC) on how to battle+schemes to unduly, unfairly, and illegally eliminate "utilities included," institute submetering and hike utility costs!Click for details!
ATTEND THE SPECIAL TENAC TOWN HALL: DC, THE UNAFFORDABLE CITY - June 26, 2014, from 6:30 to 9 PM at SUMNER SCHOOL, 17th & M Streets, NW (Farragut North red line metro)
Councilmember Jim Graham will speak about his newly introduced bill for meaningful reform of rent control, eliminating the PLUS-2 percent increase, and other reforms vitalto help keep the city affordable. Keynote speaker Councilmember Anita Bonds who has been convening a roundtable on affordable housing will also speak on her efforts. Also,a panel of experts, including Jenny Reed of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, to discuss the tax and budgetary aspects of affordable housing policy, the Office of People'sCounsel (OPC), which represents consumers in utility matters will speak on utility costs and affordability, and Drew Gossett from Friendship Village, the premier homelessresource for D.C. residents. WE URGE ALL TO ATTEND TO LEARN ABOUT THE BREWING REFORM AND HOW TO HELP ENACT IT TO LOWER RENTS! Click for details
TENAC urges you to attend the Annual Tenant Town Hall this coming Saturday, May 3rd from 1-4 PM, at St. Stephen's Church, at 16th and Newton Streets, NW. Join tenants from all over D.C. to fight for affordable housing and tenants' rights. Learn what you can do against things like illegal and unfair rent increases, landlord refusal to make repairs, and attempts to sell your building without offering it first to you, the tenants. Click for for details.
We decry the shabby treatment of Mayor Gray. We must ask why the prosecutor who has investigated the mayor for four long years has only to come up with "possible" wrongdoing just before the primary election. Is it Kafkaesque or worse, politics of an nefarious sort? Click for details
Washington Post endorsements can be high risk; Muriel Bowser should take note. Just ask Patrick Mara! The Post beat the kettle-drums for him worthy of a National Symphony percussionist, promoting him every way except putting his name in neon atop the Washington Monument. Notwithstanding, Mr. Mara came in last.
Now the Post is at it again, running three-column editorials (usually, we understand, reserved for declarations of war) for Ms. Bowser, a tenant unfriendly lady in a city of tenants, who like the Post, has more reservations about rent control, affordable housing, and tenant rights, than there are seeds inside of a pomegranate.
The Post seems to be in a time warp. Editors have trouble deciding which cloak to don – “The Great White Father”; “The Delphic Oracle”; or “The Wizard of Oz.” We suggest they fold their tent and let the people decide.
The Washington Post, mostly its editorial page, has been noticeably silent about the affordable housing crisis, which residents agree is its number one problem. Now it we ask it:
Q. WHY DOES THE WASHINGTON POST REFUSE TO MENTION GRAY’S TWO LANDMARK VICTORIES IN A CITYWIDE TENANT STRAW POLL AND TENANT ENDORSEMENT?A. BECAUSE THEY ARE IN LEAGUE WITH A WAYWARD PROSECUTOR. D.C. TENANTS’ ADVOCACY COALITIONREPRESENTING ALL D.C. TENANTSP.O. BOX 7237, DC20044 Tel. (202) 628-3688 WEB: www.tenac.org E-MAIL: email@example.com
Councilmember Muriel Bowser claims to have found religion over what public opinion agrees is D.C.'s most pressing problem: affordable housing. But her deeds and record show the opposite. Tenants and advocates fighting for affordability have found what most of the city is unaware of: that despite a majority of councilmembers agreeing to needed legislation promoting affordable housing and meaningful reform, she has bottled it all up single-handedly in her committee which has the oversight and power over housing issues. Now the only question that remains is whether voters unfamiliar with the details will mindlessly follow The Washington Post's endorsement of Bowser, in its never-ending pursuit of real estate and developer dollars to, in the words of the beguiling slogan, "make D.C. a world-class city," code for making D.C. safe and affordable only for the wealthy by the displacement of all not rich and of those who have lived here long term. Continuing this trend would make diversity in D.C.
The results just in! TENAC has just voted to endorse the candidates for D.C. public office we think will do best to strengthen tenants rights, rent control and affordable housing. Vincent Gray won the mayoral endorsement overwhelmingly, while Muriel Bowser came in last.
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