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Housing Justice

Everyone Deserves a Safe Place to Live

The Knoxville Chapter is leading the charge in the fight for tenants rights but other SOCM chapters are also exploring unjust housing practices in their communities. We led the creation and publication of a Tenant “Know Your Rights Guide" that is now being used by the City of Knoxville and other community organizations. Our members were also key partners in the formation of Knoxville’s first eviction prevention program that has been implemented by the city!

The chapter chose two major goals for this year: 1) to participate in the evaluation of the expanded counsel program that we helped to win, and use those findings to advocate for a stronger, permanent program, and 2) to establish a community-informed Housing Bill of Rights that states exactly what our vision of housing justice is. 


Knoxville members have been building a multi-year campaign that we hope to bring to other parts of the state where everyday Tennesseans are facing housing insecurity. Learn more about how the campaign unfolded over the last several years in the video below.

If you are interested in working on Housing Justice issues in your community, contact us.

  • Published an Eviction Defense Guide for Knox County Residents

  • Hosted Several Informational Meetings for Different Communities in Knox County

  • Worked with the City of Knoxville, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and UT Law School to Establish an Eviction Prevention Program

  • Joined Coalition Members for a Housing "Day on the Hill" in Nashville on Feb. 20, 2024

  • Co-Sponsored "We Dwell Together"-a street festival and parade in Knoxville-with Cattywampus Puppet Council

  • Hosted several "Know Your Rights" Trainings and Canvassing Events with TN4SafeHomes in Maury County

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