Mission Statement

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.

Probably the greatest service rendered to tenants in this city is the maintenance of the TENAC Hotline (202)-628-3688, now in its 12th year. The Hotline is serviced by trained TENAC operators, who specialize in advising tenants on landlord-tenant problems and rent control law. To date, TENAC has responded to thousands of tenant inquiries and crises across the city. TENAC is proud of this service and plans to expand it in the future.

TENAC takes special notice of the loss of a beloved institution long cherished by countless tenants, especially senior citizens-- Sholl's Cafeteria in downtown Washington. Sholl's specialized in serving wonderful, extraordinarily low priced food to poor, low-income, and homeless people for almost 100 years. Sholl's was a long time patron and supporter of TENAC. Its closure last December was a blow to all of us, especially tenants, many of whom took all three of their meals there every day. TENAC is especially interested in a recently announced cause to "Bring Back Sholl's" and invites your support for it.

TENAC is very indebted to Kobi Snitz and to Marlon our web administrators and to John Seitz, TENAC consultant, whose collective efforts are responsible for this web site. Jim McGrath, TENAC Chairman.