Open Collective
Open Collective
December 2022 Update
Published on December 2, 2022 by Chris


please let us know what else you may request from us in terms of transparency. We appreciate your help. 

Here follows a short report that satisfies OCF’s request for us to answer the questions, “What did you accomplish during 2022? How did you use money?”

In 2022, so far we’ve spent money in three basic places,
1) OUR GENERAL FUND: $3,575.18 USD
3) THE “DUAL POWER 2022” PROJECT: $10,618.86 USD

After recovering from pandemic-related emergency organizing, this year we’ve been gentle with our capacity, attempting to reflect, and to get “boots on the ground” for the purpose of building tenant associations/unions in a pro-active sense (versus responding to mostly emergencies). We’ve accomplished maintaining internal cohesion, hosting several reflection places internally and outside the organization, helping some tenants in emergencies, getting back out there in the streets in a proactive sense, and assisting tenants to work together in less urgent situations while relationship building with them.

THE “DUAL POWER 2022” PROJECT: $10,618.86 USD
Part of attempting to reflect (within the framework of movement building) came from our participation in the Dual Power 2022 gathering that has passed. Funds in the “Dual Power 2022” project have been solely used for that event. Reimbursements still need to happen for that. We’re waiting on participants to submit reimbursement claims, etc.

Tag “Movement Building” was used mostly to support two organizers to travel to California for a years long-awaited continental tenant convergence to empower voices and facilitate reflections and exchanges of ideas and emotions that cannot make their way by virtual means.

Tag “Organizing Materials” was used for harm prevention in preparation for the winter to advise tenants on how to avoid winter-related harm due to landlord negligence/exploitation. 

Was used to support efforts at pain reduction for prisoners behind bars who are now tenants of prisons and many of whom, if not all, were tenants just like us before being incarcerated.

Homeowners who don't exploit others for rent and other tenants who are not in crisis are often in the best situation to join a tenant union and assist in the work. So whether you're in crisis or doing pretty well, you may be in the right position to reach out to us (tenantsunited.hpwl [at] gmail [dot] com) about getting involved to do harm prevention or intervention to assist tenants, including houseless neighbors in need of help. If you're not in our area, we may find the nearest similar group to connect you with. 

Thank you.