San José Renters Begin Movement to Change Laws around Renters Rights in San José

Last week about 60 people came together at the Dr. Roberto Cruz Library in East San José for an initial renters rights conversation. It was the first meeting of its kind in the city in recent history and tenants were enthusiastic to tackle the issues of providing protections for renters and making housing affordable in one of the most expensive places to live.

The meeting was organized and led by tenants who are part of the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County. Founded in 1987, their purpose is to preserve and expand the supply of housing affordable to low-income people in our community.

In a follow up email to the meeting Sandy Perry of CHAM and the AHNSN said,
“The powerful testimony, the passionate defense of renters’ rights, and the thoughtful proposals for organizing were all dramatic steps forward for our movement.”

At the meeting nearly 50 tenants signed pledge cards to get involved in changing laws around renters’ rights in San José, and one group is already preparing to organize a tenants association at a HUD-assisted housing complex. The meeting as a whole decided on the following priorities for action:

  • Fight for a San José ordinance to outlaw discrimination against Section 8
  • Measures to tighten up code enforcement procedures in San José, &
  • Revise the San José rent control ordinance 




Sponsors of the meeting included: the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley Rising, Working Partnerships USA, Sacred Heart Housing Action Committee, and Silicon Valley De-Bug.


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