CVTU Is No Longer Active

Hello, 

Unfortunately the Central Valley Tenants Union is no longer active. Our priority was organizing tenants in buildings to fight against landlords, and we hope you will consider talking to your neighbors and following the steps laid out in the resources below.

If you want to organize a tenants association in your building there are many resources and we recommend these two: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16s-CHN29u01j3VdGJGOehhYliqeCAH9ux0yE9yCVujI/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12l5rOcNHDot2asTGwixiwVqfFMbF23Bx85XeJpqN6hw/edit

If you have questions about your rights: Search Mass Legal Help, this is where we got all of our information. https://www.masslegalhelp.org/housing

If you need a lawyer: https://www.hfmgpc.com/

For low-income clients: https://communitylegal.org/

We wish you the best luck accessing these resources and fighting for your rights. We still see a need for an organization like this, but the people currently involved cannot take the lead on it right now. The landlord-tenant dynamic is not going away any time soon and we encourage you to fight for what is right and look to your neighbors for support and solidarity. 

Who We Are

The Central Valley Tenants Union (CVTU) is a solidarity network of tenants in Hampshire County, formed during the Covid-19 crisis. Committed to organizing for housing justice from below, we strategize together to defend access to housing. We are currently working to distribute up-to-date information and support those interested in organizing tenant associations and solidarity networks. We invite any tenants in Hampshire county and beyond to get in touch and join our efforts during this crisis. 

*We live in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley on unceded Nonotuck land. We acknowledge our neighboring Indigenous nations: the Nipmuc and the Wampanoag to the East, the Mohegan and Pequot to the South, the Mohican to the West, and the Abenaki to the North. We believe that our current predicament in which housing is exploited for the profit of the few at the expense of the many cannot be understood without the context of the original theft of this land from its original inhabitants.

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