Filed under: Action, Central, Disaster, Housing
As thousands of working-class tenants in Texas lack access to water, a group of renters has refused to pay until repairs are made on their units, reports the Houston Tenants Union.
HOUSTON, TEXAS— Tenants of Villas del Paseo are organizing against subpar and dangerous living conditions due to the neglect by this property’s management. The whole complex has not had running water for nearly two weeks and management has been unresponsive. Shortly after water issues began, management told tenants they would be unreachable by phone, and to send all messages by email. Management has instructed tenants to use dirty, discolored pool water for their water needs.
— Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) February 22, 2021
Tenants have been dealing with other maintenance issues that go unfixed for many months or years. Including black mold, electrical problems, bug infestations and much more. Your support would aid the tenants in their organizing by helping to shed light on their deplorable living situation, and bring much needed public scrutiny regarding the abuses taking place at Villas del Paseo.
So much of Houston is still without water, but tenants like those of Villas Del Paseo are done with the excuses. This is about more than the water, and they are not paying until they get real change. Hear from one organizer here:
— Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 1, 2021
The demands were delivered directly to the leasing office at 3 PM. Houston Tenants Union will not stop our campaign against Villas del Paseo until the demands are met. Tenants deserve running water and safe, well maintained homes. These tenants have had enough and are fighting back against their landlord, and agents of the landlord, for their basic rights and dignity. We urge all tenants in Houston to take a stand and join these tenants in their fight.
Houston Tenants Union is an organization of tenants in Houston, Texas, committed to collective direct action, independence and rank-and-file democracy. Houston Tenants Union launched in June 2019, initiated by tenant organizers who were previously a part of Southwest Defense Network, Third Ward Defense Network, 2100 Memorial Campaign, Industrial Workers of the World – General Defense Committee, and other housing/tenant and labor movement work.