About the Tenant Leadership Institute

We are pleased to announce the establishment of Tenants & Neighbors’ Tenant Leadership Institute! The pilot program will take place from February to May 2014.


The Tenant Leadership Institute is an 8-session, four-month intensive leadership development training program for a core group of between twelve and twenty active Tenants & Neighbors members. After the intensive leadership development program, there will be a year-long commitment to play a leadership role in a Tenants & Neighbors system-change campaign.


We are looking for applicants who are current dues-paying members of Tenants & Neighbors, are committed to completing the full program, and want to work to build a strong, diverse, and powerful tenant movement.


Those selected for the program will be individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the goals of the organization and proven leadership in their individual buildings or communities. We are seeking tenants from all of the various types of housing we work in: rent stabilized, rent controlled, project-based Section 8, and current and former Mitchell-Lama.


The first session, after an initial orientation meeting, will occur at a weekend retreat in February. After that, there will be day-long meetings two Saturdays per month through the end of May.


At the retreat and trainings, there will be guest speakers, participatory exercises, and other activities designed to strengthen your knowledge about Tenants & Neighbors, organizing for system change, and grassroots leadership. 

The TLI has been established to bring even more grassroots tenant involvement and leadership into Tenants & Neighbors and the broader affordable housing movement, and to help prepare those building and community leaders take on additional responsibilities and more visible roles in campaigns to address the underlying causes of loss of affordable housing.


We hope you will consider joining this select group of affordable housing tenant leaders to prepare for greater leadership roles as we move toward 2015, when New York’s rent laws are next scheduled to sunset. The movement needs leaders like you to be ready and prepared to continue to build our collective power and advance the struggle for affordable housing. Let us help you prepare.


How to Apply for the Leadership Institute

Click here for a PDF of the application form. Please complete the form and mail or fax it to us no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.


You will be notified within several weeks if you have been selected for the 2014 TLI training. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Delsenia Glover at 212-608 4320 ext 308 or Katie Goldstein at 212-608-4320 ext 400 with any questions about the program or about the application process.


Tenant Leadership Institute Schedule

Orientation and Retreat
January 18, 2014 -Half-Day Orientation

February 21-23, 2014 - Weekend Retreat

Training Sessions

March 8, 2014

March 22, 2014

April 5, 2014

April 19, 2014

May 3, 2014

May 17, 2014                        

May 31, 2014  

Sessions will be from 10 AM to 4:30 PM    


Topics Covered in the Tenant Leadership Institute Will Include

  • Introduction to Organizing for System Change

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Planning a Grassroots System Change Campaign

  • Understanding the Political System: How Politics Really Works

  • Building and Engaging a Base: Grassroots Outreach and Community Education

  • Campaign Resources: Campaign Budgets and Grassroots Fundraising

  • Engaging Your Elected Officials: How to Lobby

  • Getting Your Message Out: Effective Communication

  • Evaluating Campaign Progress and Celebrating Victories