Building and Strengthening Tenant Action
Buscando Acción y Solidaridad Que Transforme el Arrendamiento
State of the Renter 2019: Friday, September 20th - Thursday, September 26th
The affordable housing crisis forces Austin renters to put up with unhealthy housing.
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.
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!
• Documentary Video
• Community Conversations
• Theater Performances
• Photo Gallery
• Solidarity Building
State of the Renter 2019 is hosted by BASTA in partnership with:
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.
Artistic components funded in part by the City of Austin
Cultural Arts Division
Launch and Gallery Opening
Friday, September 20th | 4 - 5 PM
Austin City Hall Atrium
301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Bad Building Conditions: How Housing Impacts Health
Monday, September 23rd | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Lone Star Circle of Care at Collinfield
8913 Collinfield Dr #1, Austin, TX 78758
Health - what does your home have to do with it? Unsurprisingly, a lot. Renters living in substandard properties across Austin know from experience that the bad building conditions in our homes can have a serious impact on our health. State and city laws require landlords to provide healthy and safe housing, but for far too many Austin renters, negligent landlords are never held accountable.
State of the Renter’s Building Conditions forum will bring together tenant leaders, medical professionals, and city officials to discuss the health impacts that substandard building conditions produce for Austin renters.
ut opportunity forum
Evictions in Austin:
From Housed to
Homeless in 21 Days
Tuesday, September 24th | 12 - 1:30 PM
UT School of Law
727 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78705
Eviction is a business transaction for landlords and a devastating act for renters. The threat of eviction alone is enough to disrupt renters’ lives. Many move out before a formal case has been filed, either unaware that a court process is needed or afraid of an eviction filing being on their record. Even if they do decide to fight an eviction, renters are offered very limited protections under Texas law and rarely receive legal assistance.
The number of both formal and informal evictions are rising in Austin and the fear of eviction results in tenants not vindicating the limited rights they have. This eviction crisis is a community problem that requires us to better understand its scope, its roots, its costs and the ways in which we can tackle it.
State of the Renter’s Evictions forum will bring together housing advocates, tenants, and elected officials to discuss the harsh realities of evictions and brainstorm what allies and community can do to support renters facing eviction.
Life at home is miserable when your landlord isn’t responsive to requests, intimidates your family, and enforces unreasonable rules. These behaviors are abuses of power designed to keep renters from speaking up out of fear of losing their housing, and they impact mental health. But, Austin renters are fighting back. When tenants organize, they can change the power dynamic to get landlords to provide the healthy and safe housing all Austinites deserve and to hold landlords accountable for mistreating tenants.
Protecting tenants’ ability to organize is crucial in combating bad landlord behavior. Hear from tenants, organizers and city officials about the power organizing has to tackle landlord bullying in the State of the Renter forum: Landlord Bullying & the Right to Organize.
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.
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