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.

PEPCO BULLYING MUST NOT PREVENT THE APPOINTMENT OF ELIZABETH NOEL TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)!

The PSC, as well as most public bodies that have become beholden to private interests in these days of corporate greed, influence and power, is vastly overdue for reform! Elizabeth Noel represents the first step toward breaking up the hardened arteries of the fringe right, poisoned politics and the autocracy of the top one percent - - as Occupy Wall Street and Occupy D.C. so aptly phrase it.  In the spirit of solidarity, and as the holiday season is upon us, it is fitting to say, Do Not Let the Pepco Grinch steal Noel from the people!  Click for details

CELEBRATING THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESTORATION OF SUMNER MUSEUM SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 10, 2011!

Built in 1872 and named after the abolitionist Charles Sumner, it was one of the first schools in the District for African-American children and the only museum/archive in D.C. dedicated to preserving the history of public education in the District. For details on the celebration and its contribution to D.C. past and present, click here 

TENAC URGES D.C. COUNCIL TO CONFIRM ELIZABETH NOEL TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

Pepco is playing politics with the PSC, upping the ante by attempting to add a new requirement, implying that appointed officials must meet some type of quota concerning recusal before they can be confirmed. They argue that because Noel has worked as consumer advocate in the area of utilities, she has taken part in "too many" cases to be impartial, or "too many" such cases would come before her. But careers - - and government agencies - - do not work in a vaccum; qualified officials develop expertise in certain areas, which, of natural course of events, will come before them if they are appointed as a regulator, administrator, or judge in that discipline.   Or no one qualified could ever be appointed.  Environmental regulatory agencies need attorneys or administrators with expertise in that field; energy agencies need the same, as do courts, which must draw upon the universe of attorneys.  The standard practice is that judges, administrators, regulators or whatever official, simply recuse themselves when such cases come before them, when ethics or propriety require.

TENAC'S WED., NOVEMBER 2, 2011 MEETING, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. AT SUMNER SCHOOL, 17th & M STREETS, NW

TO FEATURE ELIZABETH NOEL (NOMINEE TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION); MAYOR GRAY, MACKENZIE BARIS OF JOBS WITH JUSTICE AND OTHERS ON THE MAYOR'S "SANCTUARY" INITIATIVE, MAKING D.C. THE ONLY JURISDICTION TO REFUSE PARTICIPATION IN THE "SECURE COMMUNITIES" PROGRAM; SUMNER SCHOOL'S 25TH RESTORATION ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; THE NORWOOD TENANTS' BUILDING PURCHASE, FINALLY AFTER A LONG FIGHT; THE PROBLEMS OF THE MORE RESTRICTIVE LIMITS ON TENANT REPRESENTATION; AND MORE! TENAC OPEN BOARD MEETING November 2, 2011!     TIME TO CELEBRATE:  

TENAC WED. SEPT. 7, 2011 MEETING, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, at Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW (Farragut North red line metro station) ALL TENANTS, TENANTS ASSOCIATIONS, FRIENDS, AND ALL URGED TO ATTEND!

TENAC's September meeting will be an IN MEMORIAM MEETING FOR JEANNE WILLIAMS, TENAC Volunteer who tragically passed away just a few short weeks ago.  Her friends will be among select speakers to offer a tribute to her. Also we will discuss PROPOSED BUDGET REDUCTIONS AND THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACT ON D.C. RENTAL HOUSING in this time of debt limit agreements, recession and austerity, INCLUDING SECTION 8 VOUCHER CUTS HUD IS PROPOSING (tenatatively scheduled) which would literally make thousands homeless, if some in the political spectrum have their way. Click for details.

IN MEMORIAM JEANNIE WILLIAMS

We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Jeanne Williams.   She served for many years both as a member of the TENAC Board of Directors and as TENAC Communications Director.  She was a tireless advocate for tenants, the homeless and others in need.  She handled the TENAC Hotline and e-mail until sidelined by serious illness - - taking thousands of calls and offering advice and referrals to help tenants with scores of problems, including those facing eviction.  Through her frequent contacts with tenants, fellow advocates at TENAC, the Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA), and scores of tenants associations across the city, she made fast friends and advocates of others by her loyalty, sense of humor and compassion.

SPECIAL TENAC MEETING: June 1, 2011 Featuring NEW COUNCILMEMBER VINCENT ORANGE, TENAC-backed OFFICE OF PEOPLE'S COUNSEL (OPC) NOMINEE SANDRA MATTVOUS-FRYE, D.C. Metro AFL-CIO and More (Click for details)

06/01/2011 (All day)

Come hear and ask newly-elected Councilmember Orange about his views on rent control, how to promote affordable housing and safeguard tenants' rights, at a dire time for tenants, who face myriad obstacles to obtaining in practice their rights mandated by the law as well as on paper.  As TENAC-backed Nominee for OPC, we will want to hear Sandra Mattvous-Frye. OPC's mandate is to protect and promote consumer rights in utilities and against the big monopolistic companies, and nothing else has more to do with tenants rights (besides the rent we pay) than utility costs, in this day when landlords are attempting back-door rent increases with individual metering and bogus utility costs, attempting to circumvent the law's requirement for "utilities included" leases, that the rent be reduced in proportion to the utility costs that landlords are attempting to impose.  As important, the two new appointees to the Rental Housing Commission (RHC) have been invited.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? IMPACT ON D.C.? The ramifications of another federal shutdown surface again: the threat of losing home rule, rent control and worse! Click for details

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? IMPACT ON D.C.?   U.S. & D.C. BUDGET CRISES? D.C. CONTROL BOARD REVISITED? Seems We’ve Heard This Song Before!    

Update

This to announce that Jim McGrath is on medical leave of absence until further notice. He underwent hip replacement surgery. Denise Washington is acting Chairperson of TENAC in the interim

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