Tampa Activist Groups to Host ‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Meeting to Discuss Rent Control and Other Housing Issues | Tampa Bay News | Tampa
A day after the Tampa City Council shot down a tenant’s bill of rights despite the area’s housing crisis, the People’s Safety Coalition called everyone to the deck.
The People’s Safety Coalition, alongside other local activist groups, will host “The Rent Is Too Damn High!”, a community call to action and discussion on rent control in the Tampa Bay area for ” organize and demand change in our city”. .”
The Safety Coalition is partnering with the Restorative Justice Coalition, Tampa Bay Branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Tampa Tenants Union, Tampa Dream Defenders, Florida Change and For Our Future FL to organize this event Saturday, February 19 from noon. 2 p.m. at 609 W Waters Ave., Tampa.
Tampa has made headlines for the nation’s worst rent increases and inflation.
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According to the description of the event, due to the continued shift in real estate values in Tampa Bay, “renters are now expected to pay half their income in rent.”
“Nearly 50% of a person’s income goes to rent means there is almost no money left for: childcare, food, utilities, goods and entertainment,” the description reads. .
This places tenants in the unrealistic position of choosing between basic needs and housing and affects everyone, especially the poor, working class, disabled, elderly and people of color in Tampa.
Samuel Ronen, co-founder of Florida For Change, explained the importance of the meeting.
“We’re trying to provide a safe space for everyone affected by high rental prices to share our frustrations, to see we’re not alone, and then decide on a course of action,” Ronen said. “The coming together of our unique organizations is emblematic of the power of good organization. Many of us come from different backgrounds, geographies, angles and personal politics, but we agree on the essential principle that housing is a human right. We demand rent stabilization and nothing less.”
The meeting is free and pre-registration is required here. The meeting will also be streamed live on Zoom.