1980

Opening of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic

THC circulated a flyer announcing our grand opening in 1980. The feature photo depicts a tenant holding a sign that reads “I live on Social Security and can’t afford an increase. Will the landlord evict me, too?”

1980

Housing clinic gives new lease on life

Hastings Law News covers the opening of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, founded by Hastings Law students. The legal services highlighted in this 1980 article are still offered by THC today!

1981

Proposal for First Full-Time Attorney

THC’s early success in advocating for tenant rights led founder Randy Shaw to seek funding for a full-time attorney, to increase THC’s power to defend tenants. This proposal excerpt, submitted in 1981, began THC’s first expansion of organization staffing. 

1982

Lower Your Rent!

Early THC flyer notifying tenants of their housing rights and offering support for those facing unsafe or unsanitary living conditions.

1982

NLAF’s Support for THC Proposal

The Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation was often relied upon by early THC volunteers to support tenants with legal representation. Their support of THC’s proposal for a full-time attorney helped THC secure the funding needed to provide our own legal representation to tenants.

1984

German Landlord Sued by Refugees

Tenderloin Housing Clinic files a class-action suit against Kaussen on behalf of low-income tenants, many of whom are refugees.

1989

THC’s First Pamphlet

THC’s first pamphlet highlighting our early accomplishments and the services provided.

1992

Board Limits Rent Increases in SF to 1.6%

In 1992, San Francisco voters passed Proposition H which adjusted the maximum annual rent increase for rent-controlled apartments to 60% of the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area.