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AKA  CAT
Portland, OR
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COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF TENANTS Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/02/2012: COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF TENANTS

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF TENANTS

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Also Known As: CAT
Physical Address: Portland, OR 97212 
EIN: 31-1571929
Web URL: www.oregoncat.org 
NTEE Category: L Housing, Shelter
L01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
W Public, Society Benefit
Ruling Year: 1998 


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Mission Statement

CAT's mission is to educate and empower Oregon tenants to demand affordable, stable and safe rental homes.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $393,304
Total Expenses $349,986

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Mr. Ari Rapkin

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Programs

Program: Tenant Education Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Housing
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General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

In order to work towards our mission of safe, stable and affordable rental homes, tenants need a place to call home. So the Education Program works to provide tenants with the basic information and strategies we need to know what our rights are and how to protect them.  With this knowledge, we stand a better chance of maintaining our housing and being able to focus on building more protections for tenants under the law. The Education Program is run almost totally by the membership- tenants helping tenants.  So we are able to provide something that no other group in Oregon can- concrete information about landlord-tenant law in everyday language, that real renters can understand.  We also work with folks one-on-one to come up with a strategy that fits their particular situation.  Because many of us have been through similar situations, we understand what people who use the hotline are going through.

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Program: Safe Housing Project (GuideStar Exchange,
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Housing
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General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Building-Based Organizing Landlords in Oregon are required to make repairs and maintain our units in good condition (ORS 90.320). Renters within the city of Portland (and many other cities) are also protected a Property Maintenance Code and can report housing code violation to the city. But members from the Community Alliance of Tenants have still identified repair issues as one of the top challenges facing renters in the state of Oregon. Unfortunately, many low-income renters are not getting the essential repairs they need: inadequate heating, leaking plumbing, bugs/rodents, mold, and chipping or peeling lead paint. When landlords don’t make repairs to our rental units, we pay for it with poor conditions, damaged belongings, and illness. Even though you have the right to demand repairs and safe housing, the Community Alliance of Tenants always encourages tenants to work together with their neighbors in the building. If you are experiencing problems getting repairs in your apartment, it is very likely that your neighbors may be experiencing the same thing. Working with your neighbors is the most effective way to get repairs made and to protect against retaliation- harassment, illegal eviction, or illegal rent increases. Through collective action, tenants gain strength and reduce their chances of being retaliated against by their landlord for demanding improvements that are required under the law. The Safe Housing Project provides direct assistance to tenants wishing to build tenant power by using grassroots organizing techniques. Tenants that use the Safe Housing Project develop skills in leadership, public speaking, meeting facilitation, and grassroots organizing. Tenants also receive educational brochures and workshops on renters’ rights and in-door health hazards. The Safe Housing Project shows renters in apartment complexes in the Portland area how to organize around essential repair issues by demanding for safe, stable and affordable housing. The Safe Housing Project provides renters experiencing repair problems with renters’ education, expertise around city code, and support to fight for better quality housing. The goal of the project is to improve housing conditions and build tenant power through education, training and building-based organizing.   * Do door-to-door outreach to get other tenants in your building involved.   * Organize and facilitate tenants’ meeting to discuss repair needs throughout the complex.   * Provide education about renters’ right and tools to identify hazards within the home through workshops.   * Support tenants’ action to get repairs.   * Provide legal referrals and technical support.   * Train and provide advocacy opportunities for tenants to repair and habitability issues to the city and media on a larger scale. The first step is for neighbors to start talking to each other. Through collective action, tenants gain strength and reduce their chances of being retaliated against by their landlord for demanding improvements that are required under the law. If you live in the Portland area and would like more information about organizing in you building contact the Safe Housing Project by e-mail(mailto:cristina@oregoncat.org) or call 503-460-9702.

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Program: Housing Justice Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

Organizing for more affordable housing and better protections for tenants At CAT we are organizing to end the housing injustice that impacts low-income renters on a daily basis.  We are organizing low-income tenants and our allies to win new funding to save existing affordable housing and develop new affordable housing.  At the same time we are organizing to improve protections for tenants under state law.  What is current in the Housing Justice Program? Make sure to also check out the Safe Housing Program (make link) for more information on our work to improve housing conditions in Portland. Organizing for more affordable housing: Renters in Oregon face a devastating affordable housing shortage: - One in four Oregonians pay more than half of their income for rent. - In 2004-05, over 11,000 students in Oregon’s k-12 schools were homeless. - In 2005, a minimum wage worker in Oregon had to work 72 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Despite the magnitude of the housing crisis in Oregon, we can and must create safe, stable, affordable housing for everyone.  - Renters in Oregon should be able to afford housing and still have enough money left for groceries and other basic necessities. - Children deserve the opportunity to succeed in school and life, which is tied to having a stable home. - Housing gives people the opportunity to build better lives.  To succeed you need a place to call home. - It’s only fair that everyone has a safe and decent place to live. At CAT we are active in collaborative, local and statewide campaigns to secure more resource for affordable housing through Affordable Housing NOW! and the Housing Alliance.  To get involved in CAT’s organizing efforts for affordable housing email Ari or call 503.460.9702

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Formed in 1996, the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization.  CAT educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-income tenants to directly challenge unjust housing policies and practices.  Our mission is to educate and empower tenants to demand affordable, stable and safe rental homes.  We address the impact Oregon’s decreasing supply of decent, affordable housing and absence of meaningful tenant protections has on low-income tenants. Oregon’s tenants face housing injustice in the form of increased rents, discrimination, instability, overcrowding and worsening living conditions.  These issues are made worse as those of us living with the daily crisis of housing injustice are marginalized and kept from the funding and policy decisions that impact our lives.  CAT is a tenant membership organization.  Low-income tenants – predominately low-wage workers, families with children, people living with disabilities, seniors, and people of color - are CAT’s primary membership base.  CAT is building a strong housing justice movement that is led and directed by those who are most impacted by Oregon’s affordable housing crisis - low-income renters.
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