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These Tenants Want Rent Relief. But They Also Want Lasting Change.

Renter assistance and affordable housing funds are starting to come through in some parts of the U.S. But some tenants organizations see this as the moment to ask for more. 

Activists with KC Tenants in Kanas City, Missouri, organized a rally for their plan to put the city’s affordable housing trust fund in the hands of tenants.

Activists with KC Tenants in Kanas City, Missouri, organized a rally for their plan to put the city’s affordable housing trust fund in the hands of tenants.

Photographer: Carly Rosin

With the end of a federal moratorium on evictions fast-approaching, some renters are looking beyond immediate relief funds for what they see as more lasting solutions to the U.S. affordable housing crisis.

In California, that means pushing back on the dominance of big landlords; in Missouri, it’s pushing to keep developers and bankers out of the affordable housing decision-making process.