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“I volunteer at HRC not only because it keeps tenants in their homes, but because it empowers tenants to learn their rights. ” -HRCSF volunteer

Become an HRCSF tenants rights counselor and help clients who call or come into our free tenants rights clinic either at our Mission or our Richmond offices. Students internships also available.

For more information, call us at 415-703-8634 and ask for Tommi or Stephanie or email us at, if you want to volunteer at the Mission office. To volunteer at the Richmond office, call 415-947-9085.


Like all grassroots organizations, Housing Rights Committee depends on volunteers to provide our many services available to San Francisco tenants. Tenants rights counselors do one of the most important jobs: advising clients who walk in the door or call for help.

Tenant problems range from illegal rent increases and evictions, to lack of repairs and non-return of security deposits. We do not provide legal counsel, so you don’t have to be a lawyer to be a counselor. Volunteer counselors are trained during our counseling hours. They are given a handbook to help them learn about tenants rights protections available to SF renters. A volunteer counselor can work from one to four shifts. Each shift is four hours. We also welcome students who want to do internships.

If you don’t want to be a counselor, but want to help with the counseling program, you can be a receptionist, a job that includes answering phones and instructing people on the intake process when they drop in. Or volunteers can help by doing office work, including filing, data entry, phone calls, and more.

Without our volunteers, we could not help almost 5,000 people a year.

Call us to join our exciting volunteer team! (Mission Office: 415-703-8634, ask for Tommi or Stephanie or email us at Richmond office: 415-947-9085.)

John, a counselor who’s been with us for over 20 years