Lowell Community Development Corporation wants to know what people think about its new tenant education curriculum.
The community engagement organization plans to start hosting workshops this summer about tenant rights and responsibilities. In preparation, it is seeking feedback during a public event Saturday morning. Tenants from all neighborhoods are welcome.
Lowell CDC hopes to fill the void left after Tenants Together, a statewide renters’ rights organization, lost its local presence. Tenants Together used to host monthly meetings in Fresno on tenant rights and responsibilities.
“In their absence, we’re continuing the good work they started in the education realm,” said Lowell CDC director Esther Delahay.
The Fresno Bee on Sunday published an investigation about substandard housing that found low-income tenants often don’t know their rights and many fear retaliation for complaining. The investigation included a renters’ rights and resources list.
Delahay said she has been working for the past two years with the California Apartment Association, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries and other partners to develop the curriculum. She wants tenants to walk away from the workshops with all the resources they will need to become the best tenant.
Tenants will learn their rights under California law, how to document calls and letters for maintenance requests, and the responsibility shared by them and landlords in keeping pests away. Workshops will be held in Spanish, English, Hmong and Lao.
“You don’t know what you don’t know sometimes,” Delahay said. “Especially for tenants with language barriers, it’s hard for them to understand all their responsibilities if they’ve never rented in this country or if they signed a lease in English and don’t understand it all.”
Delahay also is looking for tenants interested in hosting a workshop at their apartment complex this summer or fall.
Clarification: Lowell CDC changed the location of the event. It will now be held at 2305 Stanislaus St in Fresno.
If you go
Who: Lowell Community Development Corporation
What: Feedback session for tenant education curriculum
Where: Hope Now For Youth, 2305 Stanislaus St in Fresno
When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
More details: Call 559-424-3611 or visit the Lowell Community Development Corporation Facebook page