HOUSING RIGHTS COMMITTEE is a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants in all types of housing, including rent-control, SROs, public housing and Section 8. We've been fighting for the rights of tenants since 1979 when a group of seniors at Old St. Mary's Church came together to organize against condo conversions that were displacing the elderly. Housing Rights Committee counselors provide help to over 5,000 tenants a year, advising them on their rights as renters.
We offer both call-in and drop-in counseling Monday through Thursday, 1-5pm, 703-8644, 417 South Van Ness/15th. If you come into our office for counseling, you should bring proof of income (check stub, SSI card, food stamp card, benefits award letter, etc.), but no one will be turned away because they don't have it. This does not apply if you call the office for counseling.
Our dedicated staff of volunteer counselors are trained to help tenants identify their options when they're having problems with evictions or foreclosure of the place they're living in, illegal rent increases, repair problems, the return of their security deposit, etc.
Housing Rights Committee is a membership organization. Our members make our voice strong and help us continue to support renters in need. Please make a donation to us today. See the "Donate Now" box on the bottom left column of this page.
For more information about our organization and tenants rights issues, click on the topics below:
Tenants Rights Information Pages
Info about evictions, illegal rent increases, repairs, security deposits, tenants rights, etc.
Tenant Counseling Service
When and where we offer free counseling
Section 8/ Public Housing
Learn your rights in Section 8 and public housing
Membership/ How to Donate
Resources and Referrals
A listing of agencies/services helping tenants in SF
How to get in touch with HRCSF staff
Check out volunteer opportunities at HRCSF
Read about the latest issues making headlines
Online version of our newsletter
Informacion sobre los derechos de los inquilinos
A New York rent strike, 1919
HRCSF HOLIDAY HOURS. The office will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24 until Wednesday, January 1. We will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 1pm for counseling. We will be open on Monday, December 23. If you need counseling during the time we're closed, contact Causa Justa/Just Cause, the SF Tenants Union or the SF Rent Board.
REST IN POWER, CRIS GUTIERREZA counselor here at the Housing Rights Committee office for many years, and later the person who answered the email counseling queries, Cris Gutierrez was not only amazing at what she did, but also a tireless fighter for those in need. We're sorry to say that Cris died on Sunday, August 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer. It's a tremendous loss to our organization and San Francisco. She is sorely missed. Her obit appears here. A tribute by an HRCSF staffer appears here. Memorial service for Cris is on Saturday, September 21 at 1pm at St. Gregory Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro/18th, then afterwards the crowd will proceed by foot to St. Francis Lutheran Church (152 Church St.) where her ashes will be interned probably around 3pm. A reception follows.
Check out the latest tenants news and a calendar of tenants rights actions. Click here.
Become an HRCSF volunteer tenants rights counselor and help clients who call or come into our free tenants rights clinic. Students can also do internships at our office. Click here for more info. Or call us at 415-703-8634 weekdays and ask for Tommi or Stephanie.
Become a member of HRCSF and be kept in the loop on the many exciting things that are happening in the city. Memberships also help support the work we do and keep our services free for all tenants in San Francisco. It doesn't cost much to join. Click here to be a part of our work.
Show your support for us by wearing a t-shirt: Camila and Martin are modeling two of the colors that they come in. Call our office for available colors and sizes, or drop by to pick one up. 415-703-8634.
Donate to HRCSF and help us keep doing the work we do every day to protect tenants in San Francisco. We depend on donations to help keep all of our services free. If you've been helped by us, please consider giving us a little something, no donation is too small or large. Click on the box below. The page that appears has the name of our sponsor, SF Study Center. Scroll down to "program" and click "other," then write in Housing Rights Committee. That guarantees the money gets to us. And thanks!