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Position Title: Subsidized Housing Lead Organizer

Tenants & Neighbors, a state-wide organization that is building a strong and unified grassroots tenant movement, seeks a full-time Subsidized Housing Lead Organizer to oversee organizing efforts of tenants in at-risk subsidized housing, organize to preserve at-risk subsidized housing, and to play an instrumental role in policy and legislative work for Mitchell-Lama and project-based Section 8 housing. This is a key position in a dynamic, fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment. Candidates must be able to work several evenings per week and on weekends as needed.

About Tenants & Neighbors:
Tenants & Neighbors is a small, dynamic, grassroots organization that harnesses the power of tenants to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenant rights in gentrifying neighborhoods throughout New York. We have two affiliate organizations, one that does grassroots tenants organizing at the building and community-level to preserve at-risk affordable housing developments, and one that does tenant-led legislative organizing and advocacy to address the underlying causes of loss of affordability.

Position Description:
The Subsidized Housing Lead Organizer will report to the Executive Director. S/he will have primary responsibility providing strategic direction and overseeing Tenants & Neighbors Subsidized Housing Program including building tracking and research, organizing to preserve at-risk subsidized developments, supervising organizing staff, coordinating tenant-led coalitions and leadership committees, representing Tenants & Neighbors in coalitions, and determining and executing Tenants & Neighbors legislative and policy priorities. S/he will assist with other organization activities, such as fundraising, communications, media outreach, and special event coordination as assigned. S/he will also be on the leadership team of the organization, participating in strategic and long range planning, program planning and evaluation, and strategy discussions.

The ideal candidate will:
  • Have 3-5 years experience doing grassroots organizing in low and moderate income communities, including experience with base building and leadership development;
  • Have experience coordinating successful member- or constituent-led state-level policy and legislative campaigns;
  • Have a strong background in issues related to affordable housing preservation in New York, including a strong knowledge of the Mitchell-Lama program and the project-based Section 8 program;
  • Be very comfortable with public speaking, including representing Tenants & Neighbors' positions to the media;
  • Have experience with meeting facilitation and with democratic consensus-building;
  • Be able to work collaboratively in diverse coalitions;
  • Be extremely organized and detail-oriented;
  • Thrive in an intense, fast-paced environment;
  • Be strategic, politically savvy, and diplomatic;
  • Be familiar with new media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging;
  • And speak and write Spanish.

To Apply:
Send a thoughtful cover letter that includes a resume to Kgoldstein@tandn.org by August 1st, 2014.

Rent Guidelines Board Votes for 1% and 2.75% Rent Hikes

On Monday, June 23rd, the Rent Guidelines Board voted for the lowest increase in the history of the board at 1% increase for a one-year lease renewal and 2.75% increase for a two-year lease renewal. After a historic opportunity to correct the course of unjustifiably high rent increases under Mayor Bloomberg's administration, the Board voted for rent hikes for low and moderate income tenants. Tenants & Neighbors worked closely with a citywide coalition of hundreds of tenants, elected officials, legal service providers, and tenant advocates during the past few months. As a result of these efforts, the tenant movement came the closest we ever have to a rent freeze.

We are disappointed that the Rent Guidelines Board did not vote for a rent freeze. A rent freeze was what New Yorkers needed.

At Tenants & Neighbors, our members are facing the affordability crisis and are making hard decisions every day. Paying the increasingly unaffordable rent means not being able to buy medicine, food, clothes, take vacations, visit grandchildren, and having to take in roommates. Throughout the campaign, tenants testified about the increasing unaffordability of their apartment and neighborhood, predatory equity speculation in regulated housing, and the Board's obligation to consider their own data of increasing profit for landlords and high rent burdens for tenants.

You can see some of the tenant's stories here: http://rentfreeze.tumblr.com

We still need a course correction. Tenants & Neighbors will continue to organize for a rent freeze for both one and two year leases for next year's Rent Guidelines Board. We hope you will join us in this fight!


How We Assist Tenants

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service

Answer Your Questions
about Tenants' Rights

We can answer questions you may have about your rights as a tenant. Email your question to us at info@tandn.org or give us a call at 212-608-4320. Rent regulated tenants, please call extension 314. Other tenants, please call extension 400.

Help You Organize
a Tenant Association

If you would like to start a tenant association in your building or revitalize an existing tenant association, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.

Help You Organize
a Building Campaign

If your tenant association would like to organize a campaign around an issue in your building, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition

Help You Organize
a System Change Campaign

We have a number of ongoing campaigns to address the underlying causes of loss of affordability. The best way to get involved is to join one of our Tenant Leadership Committees, which help us determine campaign goals and plan strategies and tactics. For more information, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-609-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.

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Annual dues are only $35 for individuals, $10 for youth under 25 and low-income people. Click here to join the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition. As soon as you join, we'll send you a membership card in the mail. Your tenant association can also join as an organizational member. For more information, contact Miriam Serrano at 212-608-4320 ext. 314.

Join a Tenant Leadership Committe
The committees typically meet on a monthly basis, in the evenings, and they help us plan and carry out our campaigns. We provide training and leadership development to committee members. If you are interested, contact Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext. 400 or email kgoldstein@tandn.org.