Building a movement by helping, educating, and empowering tenants through their own fight to stand up against housing injustice in Baltimore.
The Right to Housing Alliance is a tenant advocacy and human rights organization who educate and assist renters impacted by the affordable housing crisis and tenants who are dealing with Slumlords in Baltimore. Through direct action, coalition building, education, and advocacy, we’re empowering new community leaders and building a movement to transform the housing system in Baltimore to value the principles of human rights.
Right to Housing Alliance grew out of Occupy Our Homes Baltimore, a working group of Occupy Baltimore, in December 2012. Initially working with homeowners facing foreclosure to help them stay in their homes, we soon had to ask ourselves what was going on in those blocks between the addresses of foreclosed homeowners. The housing problems in Baltimore go far beyond the recent foreclosure crisis. There is deep housing inequality stemming from treatment of housing as a commodity rather than a human right.
By June of 2012, adopting the “Sword and Shield” strategy pioneered by City Life/Vida Urbana in which legal strategy is the “shield,” protecting residents from foreclosure and eviction through the court, and grassroots community organizing is the “sword,” using the power of organized people to push forward transformative demands, we transitioned to a human rights-based approach and a focus on education and added a third element to the Sword & Shield model–collaborative learning, political education, and leadership development.
Right to Housing Alliance currently participates with Baltimore Renters United http://bmorerentersunited.org which is a broader coalition of community advocates working together to make renting safer and to fight housing injustice in Baltimore.