Community Accomplishments

2015 - Challenge to “Civic Square” sale of public land to private developers

2014 – Organized with Squire Park Plaza tenants to defeat rent hikes

2014 – Marched with Lockhaven Tenants, securing tenants relocation assistance and halt illegal evictions

2010-14 – Margola Community Fund – Designed and implemented a community fund to improve rental housing conditions by issuing small grants to community based organizations. This was successfully done through a consensus process with the landlord industry.

2014 – Marched with SHA Tenants to Defeat Stepping Forward Rent Increases

2010 – Opened Lake City’s first Tenant Counseling Clinic to expand access to tenants’ rights services

2013-14 – Partnered with community partners, such as Got Green and Puget Sound Sage, for Annual Summer BBQ to promote healthy housing outreach.

2010 – Fight to Save Downtowner Apartments. Organized with low income tenants to successfully fight against an illegal mass eviction of the building’s residents.

2010 to Current – Resuscitated the Tenants Union of Washington State; after severe funding cuts and loss of staff, turned the troubled agency around and now has two offices in Seattle and Spokane, quadrupled its operating budget, doubled the number of tenants served, and won multiple policy and community organizing campaigns in just a few short years.


Policy Accomplishments

2014 Defeat of “Stepping Forward” Housing Authority Rent Increases

2013 SB 5568 Fair Tenant Screening Act – Domestic Violence Protections. (Photo with Governor)

2013 Jobs Assistance Legislation – Council Bill Number: 117796

2012 Healthy Homes Rental Inspection Ordinance (Photo with Mayor McGinn)

2011 Downtowner Apartments Crisis Results in National Housing Reform. PIH Notice 2001-41

2011 SHB 1266 Residential Landlord Tenant Act Reform Workgroup. First major revision to the landlord tenant act since 1996.

2008 Section 8 Grievance Hearing Reform