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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) 288-1921, 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.
TENAC to the Council: Protect All Seniors & the Disabled from Huge Rent Increases! With EMERGENCY Legislation Now!
Please see the letter in the attachment below, urging
Don't Landlords, Politicians and the Public Know That 100 Per Cent Rent Increases Can Spell Death for Seniors?
See the attached press release.
WUSA, Channel 9, TV, will feature a panel including TENAC Chairman, Jim McGrath, to speak on the “Mind Over Money Program”, Friday, 10 August 2007, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Topic: 100% rent increases for elderly and disabled is a crisis facing the District. Something must be done.
July 29, 2007- The Norwood Apartment tenants are once again being threatened with eviction for exercising their rights to assemble, organize, distribute literature, hold meetings, and conduct tenant association business in their building.
More developments on the West End Giveaway to Developers! Please see the attached TENAC press release detailing how community organizations, along with Ralph Nader, are uniting against giving away public property to developers, by means of "emergency" legislation, which allows the council to circumvent public input/the public comment period usually allowed for legislation.
Please see the enclosed TENAC press release, detailing the Council's vote to give away to developers the West End Library, West End Fire House and other public properties, under the guise of "emergency" legislation, in order to by-pass public input and comment. It commends Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who was the lone vote against. Moreover, the fate of the Tiverton, the last affordable housing in that area of West End may well hang in the balance.
Please see the press release below about the Norwood Apartments Tenants Lemonade Sit-In, to protest their broken elevator, which even older and infirm tenants must deal with in the sweltering heat, only one problem emblematic of the neglected and deteriorating housing conditions they must live in, as they battle to remain in their building.
DC Council is By-Passing Open Debate for "Emergency"
The UPDATED TENAC press release below details the
We urge that you contact the council (contact info
We will need a blitz of phone calls to Council
Gray, Vincent C. Chairman-At-Large (202) 724-8032
To send the Council Member(s) e-mail and to access
On Friday, June 29th, TENAC's Jim McGrath will appear on Channel 9, WUSA-TV, during the 9 AM - 10AM slot,
re: Phyllis Wheatley Residence Tenants, Tenants Rights
Jim McGrath, Chairman of TENAC, will appear on the