(Pictured: a demo on an unknown date by Old St. Mary's Housing Committee, our original name, at City Hall. "Rents still going sky high" -- amazing how some things never change!)
Housing Rights Committee is a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants in all types of housing, including rent-control, public housing and Section 8. We've been fighting for the rights of tenants since 1979 when a group of seniors at Old St. Mary's Church came together to organize against condo conversions that were displacing the elderly. Housing Rights Committee counselors provide help to over 5,000 tenants a year, advising them on their rights as renters.
We offer both call-in and drop-in counseling Monday through Thursday, 1-5pm, 703-8644, 417 South Van Ness/15th.
We have a dedicated staff of volunteer counselors trained to help tenants identify their options when they're having problems with evictions or foreclosure (of the place they're living in), illegal rent increases, repair problems, the return of their security deposit, etc.
Housing Rights Committee is a membership organization. Our members make our voice strong and help us continue to support renters in need. Please make a donation to us today. See the "Donate Now" box on the bottom left of this page.
(An old campaign to get vacancy control.)
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Tenants Rights Information
Info about evictions, illegal rent increases, repairs, security deposits, tenants rights, etc.
Tenant Counseling Service
When and where we offer free counseling
Section 8/ Public Housing
Learn your rights in Section 8 and public housing
Membership/ How to Donate
Resources and Referrals
A listing of agencies/services helping tenants in SF
How to get in touch with HRCSF staff
Check out volunteer opportunities at HRCSF
Read about the latest issues making headlines
Online version of our newsletter
Información sobre los derechos de los inquilinos
News bitsA hearing on the needs and concerns of LGBT seniors will be held on April 1, 9am - 12 noon, room 416 of City Hall. It is sponsored by the city's LGBT Aging Policy Task Force's housing committees. All LGBT seniors are invited to come and testify about their housing issues, whether they live in an apartment under rent control, Section 8, in public house or other subsidized housing, or any other type of housing. Homeless seniors are also encouraged to come and testify about their experiences in shelters and in trying to find housing. For more info, call Tommi at 703-8634.
Check out the latest tenants news and a calendar of tenants rights demonstrations and mobilizations. They're on our "news and take action" page. Click here.
Become an HRCSF volunteer tenants rights counselor and help clients who call or come into our free tenants rights clinic. Students can also do internships at our office. Click here for more info. Or call us at 415-703-8634 weekdays and ask for Tommi or Stephanie.
Become a member of HRCSF and be kept in the loop on the many exciting things that are happening in the city. Memberships also help support the work we do and keep our services free for all tenants in San Francisco. It doesn't cost much to join. Click here to be a part of our work.
Wear your support for us: buy one of our exciting t-shirts that Camila and Martin (above) are modeling. Call our office for available colors and sizes, or drop by to pick one up. 415-703-8634.
Donate to HRCSF and help us keep doing the work we do every day to protect tenants in San Francisco. We depend on donations to help keep all of our services free. If you've been helped by us, please consider giving us a little something, no donation is too small or large. Click on the box below. The page that appears has the name of our sponsor, SF Study Center. Scroll down to "program" and click "other," then write in Housing Rights Committee. That guarantees the money gets to us. And thanks!