The Right to Housing Alliance is a human rights organization led by low-income residents. We’re a partnership of community members, organizers, and attorneys working to elevate housing to the level of a human right and secure community control over land. Through direct action, coalition building, education, and advocacy, we’re empowering new community leaders and building a movement to transform the housing system in Baltimore to value the principles of human rights.
Right to Housing Alliance grew out of Occupy Our Homes Baltimore, a working group of Occupy Baltimore, in December 2011. Initially working with homeowners facing foreclosure to help them stay in their homes, we soon had to ask ourselves what was going on in those blocks between the addresses of foreclosed homeowners. The housing problems in Baltimore go far beyond the recent foreclosure crisis. There is deep housing inequality stemming from treatment of housing as a commodity rather than a human right.