Tenants Have New Rights!

NYS passed Good Cause Eviction Protections against rent hikes and unfair evictions in April 2024. If you are eligible for Good Cause, you now have a right to remain in your home as long as you pay rent and follow your lease.

WHO WE ARE

Housing Justice for All is a statewide coalition of over 80 groups representing tenants and homeless New Yorkers, united in our fight for housing as a human right.

2017

How it started…

We were founded in 2017 in Albany, New York at a meeting of grassroots community groups committed to take on the power that the real estate industry wields in our State.

2017
2020

COVID-19 and #CancelRent

In 2020, we organized thousands of people to resist eviction and fight for a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020
2021

Eviction Moratoria

In 2021, we won one of the strongest, longest lasting eviction moratoria in the country — saving thousands of lives.

2021
2022

Kingston wins Rent Stabilization

In 2022, tenants took on the rent crisis and organized to make Kingston the first upstate city to opt into rent stabilization since the 1970s.

2022
2023

Our Homes, Our Power

In 2023, we launched a fight for a bold new platform: five bills that ensure all New Yorkers have safe, stable homes and move us towards a future of social housing.

2023

Our campaign is led by the people who are fighting to afford housing in New York every single day.

Meet some of our many leaders:

Najee Wilson

Najee Wilson

Najee Wilson has been on rent strike since May 2020. He is a Multi-Disciplinary artist and Yoga Instructor come Housing Justice advocate from Charleston South Carolina, currently living in Crown Heights Brooklyn.
Winsome Pendergrass

Winsome Pendergrass

Winsome Pendergrass is a home health aid, domestic worker, and a tenant in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She immigrated to the United States from Jamaica and has been fighting for tenants’ rights and workers’ rights as a member of New York Communities for Change and Housing Justice for All ever since! 
Vincia Barker

Vincia Barker

Vincia Barker is a mother, professional caretaker, and tenant in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Guadalupe, Vincia has lived in the US since she was 18 and has always believed in the right to organize for what you deserve. At her home in New York, this means pushing back against negligent landlords and working […]

The Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance is a diverse coalition of tenants, homeless people, manufactured housing residents, and advocates from across New York. We represent New Yorkers from every part of the state: Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley and Western New York.

The Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance is fiscally sponsored by VOCAL-NY, which is a 501c3 nonprofit, EIN: 13-4094385. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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