What is the Metropolitan Council on Housing?
The Metropolitan Council on Housing is a tenants’ rights membership organization made up of New York City tenants who believe in our motto of “housing for people, not profit.” We formed over 58 years ago to fights for a city where everyone has access to safe, decent, affordable housing. We organize tenants to stand up not only for their individual rights, but also for changes to our housing policies.
We serve the one million NYC households who are rent stabilized or regulated, particularly those who most vulnerable to displacement – working class and low-income New Yorkers.
We operate a number of tenant-assistance programs, run by our members, including a tenants’ rights telephone hotline and a walk-in clinic, which serve thousands per year and are free and open to any New York City tenant. We publish the city’s only monthly newspaper on the tenant movement, and produce a weekly radio show on housing issues.
Unlike most nonprofits, our model is mutual aid: tenants helping tenants. We encourage those who receive help from us to become active in our campaigns for housing justice. The integration of member-run services with our organizing reflects our belief that tenants most affected by our housing policies should and will be the driving force behind the changes that will make affordable housing a universal right, not a privilege.
Our work is not only carried out by members – nearly all of our funding comes from dues and donations of people like you who believe in what we do. Please become a member or make a donation today.
Learn Our History
Met Council on Housing is New York City’s oldest and most well established tenants union. We have been at the forefront of the most important struggles for housing justice in New York over the past fifty years.
The People Behind Met Council
Dedicated member-volunteers carry out the bulk of Met Council on Housing’s organizing and tenant assistance work, and steer our policy by sitting on our board of directors.
What It Means To Be A Member
Our unique membership structure sets us apart: Membership dues provide nearly all of the financial support our work, and our programs are carried out by active members.
Met Council on Housing members protesting for home rule in the freezing winter of 1972