Inquilinos Unidos 40th Anniversary Garden Party

Buy tickets online

Buy tickets by mail

IU’s Mixer and Wine Tasting 2016

Our Mixer and Wine Tasting was held at Silverlake Wine on March 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It was an enjoyable evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and great conversation.

Thank you for joining us and supporting our work. Together we can help low-income tenants fight for safe, decent and affordable housing in Los Angeles!


IU’s 36th Anniversary Garden Party

Our 36th Anniversary Garden Party will be held at the home of Jason and Lika Litt on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 2:00 to  5:00 pm. The event provides an opportunity for Inquilinos Unidos to honor Housing Champions, Gilda Haas and Eric Castelblanco for their commitment to and accomplishments in housing law and economic justice in the City of Los Angeles.

For information on sponsorships and tickets, visit:

IU’s Open House on March 5

IU Color LogoJoin us for our Open House on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at IU’s offices located at 1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 801, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Entrance to the building is through the back patio.

Come and meet the IU Staff and Board! Light snacks and beverages will be served. 

Please RSVP by March 2 to



October 23, 2014

CONTACT: Mike Dennis
(626) 824-6797

Yet no substantive government action resulted and Los Angeles’ housing affordability crisis is predicted to get worse

Los Angeles, CA – Amidst perhaps the most severe housing crisis in the history of Los Angeles, LA renters converged on Los Angeles City Hall exactly six months ago seeking the recognition of April 23rd as “Renters’ Day LA.” Championing their cause, Councilmember Gil Cedillo introduced a symbolic declaration that day, establishing April 23rd as a day to recognize the significant contributions of renters to the LA economy and voice support of renters’ grievances.

Beyond the pursuit of a holiday of recognition, the Renters’ Day LA movement sought to establish April 23rd as a call to action, to city councilmembers and renters alike, and an annual marker of progress in the implementation of legislative solutions to the city’s housing crisis that both preserve existing affordable housing and prioritize funding for the creation of new affordable units. “We will fight until every woman, man and child has a safe, healthy and affordable home in which to live. We are here to invite our government to enter into partnership with us, the renters, to make this dream a reality and we insist that in one years’ time, on the second Renters’ Day LA, that there will have been great steps taken towards our goal,” proclaimed Watts resident Lorena Garcia through the cheers of her fellow renters. However, instead of the “great steps” imagined by Garcia, renters have been hit by a steady stream of academic reports and forecasts of continued and unprecedented rent increases followed by a resounding silence from City Hall.

In its July 2014 study, Impacts of the Widening Divide: Los Angeles at the Forefront of the Rent Burden Crisis, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs demonstrates how “rent burdens have been severe for low-income renters since the 1970’s” and that “Los Angeles consistently exceeds the nation in both the share of renters burdened and the severity of the burden.” The report concludes that Los Angeles is the most unaffordable rental market in the country, and proposes that simultaneous to increasing minimum wages, “affordable housing production and preservation needs to accelerate.” In October, USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate predicted that over the next two years the cost of the average apartment in LA County will grow over 8%. Despite these warnings by the City’s two most prestigious universities, LA City Councilmembers remain apathetic to a problem they have the tools to address. Undeterred, the Renters’ Day LA groups will continue to mobilize renters and would-be renters from every corner of the city until we move our legislators towards policies that accelerate the preservation and production of affordable housing, the very recommendations proposed for years by renters and with the added legitimacy of our academic institutions.


Renter Days Endorsers

IU’s Mixer & Wine Tasting 2014

Our Mixer and Wine Tasting was held at Silverlake Wine on October 14, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It was an enjoyable evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and great conversation.

Thank you for joining us and support our work. Together we can help low-income tenants fight for safe, decent and affordable housing in Los Angeles!



















Meet the new Executive Director of Inquilinos Unidos

On January 23, Inquilinos Unidos (IU) welcomed the newly appointed Executive Director, Elsa P. Chagolla. Elsa is a visionary leader who brings a depth of experience in empowering low-income families through her work in education and youth advocacy. Elsa’s career has spanned the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, with leadership positions at the nonprofits LA’s Promise and CFY, as well as Roll Global LLC’s philanthropy programs and the United States Department of Education. A native of the Los Angeles area, Elsa knows IU’s communities and understand our families’ needs.

The “Meet and Greet” for Elsa was well attended by IU supporters and collaborators including Inner City Law Center, Eviction Defense Network, Public Counsel, Healthy Home Collaborative, Centro Latino for Literacy, Legal Aid Foundation, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and other tenant rights attorneys and organizations. The evening was filled with much excitement and positive energy as Elsa shared her vision to increase IU’s visibility, diversify funding streams, and expand programs and services to the vulnerable low-income working class families of the Pico-Union, Macarthur Park/Westlake, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles.