Who we are

We are a national alliance of more than 90 community-based racial, economic, gender & environmental justice organizations growing grassroots power to halt gentrification and displacement, and build democratic, just, and sustainable communities.

Our national alliance

We’re over 90 local organizations of working class, Black, Indigenous, and people of color organizing for fair, affordable, and stable homes.

We work from the ground up to defend our neighborhoods from the predatory real-estate industry, so we can remain in, reclaim, and rebuild our communities.

Our movement purpose

Shelter is a basic need, yet our capitalist economy only views it as a cash making machine.

Our neighborhoods and homes have gone from places where we love, heal, grow, learn, play, rest, and dream to profits and returns for landlords, corporate investors and financial institutions.

25 million people in the United States spend more than half of our income on rent and nearly 10 million are behind on our payments. Rents have increased by 13% since 2000 while incomes haven’t moved and those who can’t keep up — mainly working class and Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities — are being pushed further away from the communities we helped to build. And those of us who keep paying more are getting less from our landlords - less safety, less security, less comfort.

Renters have power in our numbers and, if organized effectively, we are uniquely positioned to negotiate and pressure elected officials to reimagine our homes and land as a human right.

Our vision for the future

We have a vision for a different world than the one we live in now.

A world in which people have control over our land, housing, and resources in our communities. One where none of us has to choose between food, medicine, or a roof over our family’s head.

We believe in a future where our neighbors live in peace. Our kids can walk around and play safely, and we all feel proud to live in the place we call home.

Our vision is rooted in the belief that housing is a human right, not a commodity to maximize profit. We believe it is possible to create a just housing system in which everyone has affordable and dignified homes.

Our mission

The success of the alliance is based on the vision that everyone — particularly the disenfranchised — not only has a right to the city, but as inhabitants, we all have a right to shape it, design it, and create an urban and rural human rights agenda.

our movement is powered by people: FOr us, by us.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
01.

Mutual Care & Respect

02.

Each One, Teach One

03.

Grassroots Democracy

04.

Collective Action

05.

We Get Free Together

06.

Solidarity

OUR GRASSROOTS APPROACH

Right to the City follows a translocal grassroots approach to power building.

Those of us who are the most impacted by the housing crisis are also the ones who are uncovering the areas of struggle, leading the strategy, and paving the way towards affordable homes for all. Our governance is deeply democratic informed by member-led committees and the movement assemblies that we hold locally, regionally and nationwide.

WHO WE FIGHT WITH AND FOR

We protect the renter class, who are disproportionately young, poor and working class, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Those of us who are the most impacted by the housing crisis are also the ones who are uncovering the areas of struggle, leading the strategy, and paving the way towards affordable homes for all. Our governance is deeply democratic informed by member-led committees and the movement assemblies that we hold locally, regionally and nationwide.

How we build power

Right to the City connects housing and land organizations nationwide through translocal committees.

Translocal committees are spaces for member organizations to share strategies, model legislation, case studies, practice peer to peer learning, and determine strategic priorities for the alliance to build power across five fronts:

01.

Political Power

We continue building the mass base of renters at scale to improve our negotiation capabilities.

02.

Governing Power

We influence organizations who have governing authority over decisions impacting renters’ and minority owners’ rights.

03.

Narrative Power

We contest popular opinions about housing and battle big ideas to promote transformative change.

04.

Movement Building Power

Our nationwide network is capable of moving the political agenda towards fairer urban legislation.

05.

Transformative Power

We shift power dynamics to fight against the cis-heteropatriarchy and white supremacy that has permeated the housing sector.