Rising rents, evictions and poor housing conditions are pushing tenants to take collective action.
When you think about tenant organizing in Kentucky, you might visualize Black tenants calling out their housing authority for poor conditions. The article linked to this post tells a different story.
Black people and white people have joined up to form the Louisville Tenants Union (LTU). The landlords are private housing providers. The tenants have been through a lot, although the situation varies from one address to another. In one case, the landlord is a private school that has applied to tear down 35 low rent apartments and replace them with a parking lot. The LTU is working locally to keep people housed, keep the lid on rent increases and to make sure that routine maintenance gets done.
The Louisville Tenants Union is also putting effort into advocating for better living conditions for tenants across the country through the People’s Action Homes Guarantee campaign.
Read more about the LTU and other tenant actions in Next City: Louisville’s Multiracial Tenant Union Is At The Forefront Of A Growing National Movement