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Community Alliance of Tenants

Mission

The Community Alliance of Tenants is Oregon’s statewide, tenant-led renters’ rights organization—building tenant power through tenant education, organizing and advocacy programs. CAT’s mission is to educate and empower Oregon tenants to demand safe, stable and affordable rental homes.

Bottom Line for Portland

In 2017, CAT held 20 renters’ rights workshops in Portland, hosted 1,000 volunteer hours on the Renters’ Helpline, graduated 30 from tenant leadership development programs, and formed the Stable Homes for Oregon Families Coalition—working with legislative champions on tenant protections bill HB 2004. This is the furthest Oregon has come toward winning rent stabilization and ending no-cause evictions.

“Big thank you to the CAT team for helping me figure out how to exercise my legal rights. My landlord tried to keep my security deposit, saying it was essentially a fee for moving out. I got the full refund back after taking the measures advised by CAT.”

—Nevin Mayes, Hotline caller