On October 3, Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL) filed the Right to Organize Act, with nine co-sponsors!! The bill would extend an enforceable Right to Organize, modeled on 24 CFR Part 245, to Voucher and LIHTC tenants, and provide Section 514 organizing money to locally based coalitions to organize the unorganized tenants in their communities.
Michael Kane helped to draft the original bill with former Rep. Levin's office last fall. Organized by Susie Shannon of Housing Is a Human Right, several LOFTE reps (MAHT; HJN of MN; TTU) and Rod Wilson from the Lugenia Burns Hope Center won support for the bill from several Members of Congress in DC in April; Rep. Ramirez and Tlaib agreed to be lead sponsors. LOFTE groups helped refine the bill that was filed October 3.
So far, other sponsors are Pressley (D-MA), Gomez (D-CA), Cesar (D-TX, Bowman (D-NY), Crockett (D-TX), Scakowsky (D-IL), Lee (D-CA), Norton (DC), and Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Thanks to all LOFTE groups that signed on as endorsers and helped line up Congressional support!