The mission of the New Mainers Tenants’ Association (NMTA) is to create housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, tenants' organizing, and advocacy on behalf of the new Mainers communities.
Advancing Human Dignity: We believe that decent, safe and affordable housing is a human right. We support the right to private property, but recognize that communities and the government have an obligation to ensure the housing of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families.
Promoting Justice & Advocating for Economic Equity: NMTA works to achieve "housing justice" for all.
Building Solidarity: We can't achieve it alone. We believe in solidarity to achieve social justice.
NMTA was founded in 2014 by Sonia Irambona. After witnessing herself housing discrimination for new Mainers in the Portland area, she was involved in an initiative that put together tenants, landlords and the City of Portland in a effort to foster a dialogue that would improve tenants/landlords relationships. Since then she has been involved in growing the association and its impact through advocacy, and empowerment with the housing ambassadors program. She has extended the association's services to most of the Greater Portland area reacting to the ongoing housing crisis in Portland.
We are constantly learning about the challenges that the communities we serve are facing on housing issues. Those issues will be addressed through advocacy and new services as we are working for more funding and more community engagement. To learn more, please contact Sonia Irambona, our Executive Director at sonia@newmainersTA.org