What makes a neighborhood great? The People.
Our neighbors are being pushed out in every way and in every area of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, every 5% rent increase pushes 2,000 people into homelessness. For the past 3 years, there have been an average of 54,239 evictions in the county, and half a million tenants statewide face eviction every year. The current narrative around displacement often leaves out the experience of those actually being displaced. We seek to change this.
There is currently a movement for housing justice in Los Angeles that is making strides by organizing against landlord harassment, mass evictions, and displacement. This site documents members of the movement who have decided to fight back to save their homes and their communities.
Members of the Los Angeles Tenants Union North East local teamed up with The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project to create a counter-narrative by and for tenants who are experiencing and resisting displacement. We seek to move beyond defining our neighbors by their eviction story, and more fully capture their experience of being a tenant in our community. We want to document how it feels to live in Los Angeles -- the smell on your block, what it feels like to walk down the street, what it means to know neighbors. In essence, what it feels like to be part of the fabric of Los Angeles. Documenting these stories of power, resistance, and strength attempts to provide a whole story of displacement in Los Angeles, but most importantly to encapsulate what living and fighting to stay in our city feels like.
Where did the name “Tenants in Common” come from?
Some of the tenants who inspired this project were evicted through a process called Tenants in Common, which uses the Ellis Act to unjustly evict tenants and replace them with higher earning residents. The language of "Tenants in Common" implies that the current occupants are coming together to buy their building in unity. However, this is misleading because rarely is it the tenants themselves who get to purchase the building. It is typically real estate investors who are purchasing the building and kicking tenants out in the process. “Tenants In Common” is a deceptive name that hides the truth of this nefarious method of displacement, so we’re re-appropriating this phrase and harnessing its power by creating a network of tenants who are truly in common.
We’re interviewing our neighbors in Los Angeles and documenting their stories, because there’s great power and love in collectively creating our own narrative of the city we hope to continue to live in. This site is a way to build power amongst those who are fighting to stay in their city of Los Angeles.
How do I join the movement?
The Los Angeles Tenants Union is a diverse, tenant-led movement fighting for the human right to housing for all. They demand safe, affordable housing and universal rent control by organizing against landlord harassment, mass evictions, and displacement. The Tenant Union’s mission is to strengthen tenant’s political power through education, advocacy, and direct action.
The best way to get involved in the movement is by attending a local chapter. Locals bring neighbors together to discuss housing issues, organize direct actions and build community.
Join the movement by joining your local LATU chapter!
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession and resistance in gentrifying landscapes. Primarily working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, we are all volunteers producing digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events. Working with a number of community partners and in solidarity with numerous housing movements, we study and visualize new entanglements of global capital, real estate, technocapitalism, and political economy. Our narrative oral history and video work centers the displacement of people and complex social worlds, but also centers modes of resistance. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data contributing to collective resistance and movement building.