This is important legislation at a time when citizenship status is used as a means to displace current residents. A report by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project found that Latino women with children were the highest risk for eviction in the county. Displacement affects all of us, but communities of color are disproportionately targeted.
It is important that we stand together and not be divided by landlord tactics. Latino and undocumented communities stood up for all of us through their leadership in fights for rent control and just cause for eviction policies in Richmond and Mountain View. In Richmond, the fight for rent control was sparked by a building-wide tenant association of mostly undocumented residents, who organized and stood up to their landlord against rent increases. In Mountain View, the key leadership of the Day Workers Center is credited with being instrumental to the passage of rent control.
The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act goes into effect January 2018, and we celebrate the recognition that vulnerable members of our communities need and deserve additional protection.
Tenants Together Team
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