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Tenants’ Rights and Resources

Menlo Together has hosted a few tenant-focused events, and recognized a need for better access to information related to tenants rights and community resources.  In addition to this list, consider calling United Way’s information and referral service at 2-1-1 or online at

👇 See below for how to connect, learn and act to build a community where tenants can thrive.

⚖️ Tenant Rights in Menlo Park, Redwood City and East Palo Alto

🛟 Community Support Resources for Tenants: 

  • Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto  
    • Free legal assistance for low-income families experiencing issues related to housing, immigration, workers’ rights, records clearance, and consumer protection. 
    • Phone: 650-326-6440 
    • Website: 
  • Bay Area Legal Aid – San Mateo County 
    • Legal Advice Line for free legal advice and referrals in all languages. They do not provide advice on crime related issues.   
    • Phone: (800) 551-5554 
    • Website: 
  • El Concilio of San Mateo County
    • Helps underserved, low-income, non/limited English speaking residents apply for financial assistance for utilities. Provides mental health referrals and other quality of life support services. 
    • Phone: (650) 373-1080 
    • Website: 

Take Action!

  • SB 567 – The CA Homelessness Prevention Act (2023) – Contact Jess Hudson to be informed of next steps.
  • Join the FIGHT:
    • Sign the YUCA petition in support of the “Opportunity to Purchase Act (OPA)” here.
    • Sign Faith in Action Bay Area’s Redwood City Housing Platform Petition here.
    • Sign the Menlo Together Petition to support City Action on Tenants Rights, here
    • Sign the Housing Leadership Council petition to support Tenant Rights and Affordable Homes in unincorporated San Mateo County here

Connect and Learn

In May 2023 Menlo Together, YUCA, HLC and Faith in Action presented a forum called “Tenants Belong” in which we heard stories and ideas for how to achieve housing justice, from local tenants.  Achieving housing justice will take all of us.  We invite you to connect and engage in the fight.

📰Read about the “Tenants Belong” event here (Spanish) and here (English).  

Our Local History of Housing Segregation: The Color of Law, Menlo Park Edition

View the recording from our January 15, 2021 workshop or updated slide presentation from 2022.

  • Take Action:
    • Host a Color of Law: Menlo Park Edition workshop for your group (email us for more info).
    • Sign the “More Homes Downtown” petition to show support for additional, and more affordable, homes near transportation and shopping.
    • Watch for Menlo Together events to learn more about the Housing Element process and get engaged.

Civics 101: Turning Ranting into Advocacy

In September 2020, community members gathered to teach and learn together. Community leaders and journalist Kate Bradshaw told the story of how residents of Menlo Park have educated themselves, protested, organized communication to City Council, and informed the public through local journalism. In response, the city alleviated potential drastic budget cuts to services at the Onetta Harris Community Center and childcare.

Here is the video of the event as well as presentations on the timeline of eventscity budget basics, and how to participate in city government decisions. You can also read our blog post about the initiative.

General Meeting Videos

October 3, 2021
June 6, 2021
March 7, 2021

Partner Engagement Opportunities

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