Renters across the city are struggling to deal with bad building conditions, management bullying, and the ever-present threat of eviction or lease nonrenewal. Renters make up 55% of Austin households so NOW is the time for renters, city officials, and allies to elevate these pressing issues.


That's exactly what we are doing with State of the Renter.

Event details below.

The affordable housing crisis forces Austin renters to put up with unhealthy housing.

State of the Renter 2019:

Friday, September 20th -  Thursday, September 26th

Join BASTA for our inaugural State of the Renter 2019, featuring community and policy forums and artistic components engaging Austinites in the issues and advocacy of healthy rental housing!

State of the Renter 2019 is hosted by BASTA in partnership with:

Artistic components funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division


 Panel Discussions

• Documentary Video

• Community Conversations

• Theater Performances

• Photo Gallery

• Solidarity Building

State of the Renter is a series of forums bringing together Austinites to direct our collective attention to the lived experiences of renters and the impact that unhealthy housing has on them.

The Austin Tenants Speak Up Art Group, will feature its debut theater performance and a documentary video to share their experience as tenants in Austin. The group consists of tenants from across town who organize to achieve housing justice, and using art to communicate their struggle and create a community dialogue. This group is funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.


To support the  Austin Tenants Speak Up Art Group’s costs, we are asking for folks to donate whatever they can when they register.

Fighting for housing justice takes all of us! We are looking for volunteers to support State of the renter events and logistics.


Are you interested in outreach, coordination, or just lending a hand where needed? Click the 'VOLUNTEER' button to sign up today!

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BASTA is a non-profit project dedicated to helping Austin renters work together to improve the conditions of their homes and communities.