Who we are
We are a renters union, fighting for housing justice in Manhattan, Kansas.
We were founded because we noticed a wide-array of systemic issues facing renters in Manhattan. Our group uses direct-action organizing to create the change we wish to see in the world. All decisions are made collectively by renters, for renters.
Join us at one of our weekly meetings.
We currently meet every Wednesday at First United Methodist Church (612 Poyntz). We have partnered with Common Table to provide a free meal to people who attend. The meal begins at 6:00PM, with our meeting following after at 7:00PM. Meetings are open to everybody, but please keep in mind that the space is renter-driven and will not tolerate unfriendly guests.
We did it!
We successfully opposed the Anderson Village Project brought forth by Elsey Partners. We can fight gentrification in our own community, despite what big money might say!
In an email sent to Renters Together MHK, Chris Elsey stated that they were “not moving forward with the development as the city staff doesn't support it.” By using public pressure, through social media as well as local media, Renters Together MHK was able to create the political will to fight against the Anderson Village project.
Renters Together MHK will continue to put together a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with coalition partners to thwart more unaffordable and unsustainable housing in the near future.
Join other MHK Renters to share stories and resources as we build relationships and make our voices heard to improve housing in Manhattan, KS.
A Resource for
Renters Together offers resources for tenants including: weekly meetings, monthly educational workshops, free online information and advice about common issues renters face.
Regularly-scheduled code inspections for rental units ensures your landlord is following the law by meeting basic housing standards.
Resources for Renters
What is it like to rent in Manhattan, KS?
If you spend any time talking to long-term Manhattan renters, you will hear some interesting stories. What might seem to be a one-off bad experience for one tenant, is often a sign of a broader issue.
(Undergraduate student at Kansas State University)
“I worked full-time and was a full-time engineering student. Renting a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan for $550-600 a month was ridiculous. In fact half of my income went to pay my rent. And it was a very low quality apartment at that, particularly for the money I was throwing away renting.”
(Student at Kansas State University)
“You shoulda seen the back side of our vanity, how much mold was growing all over the whole thing. I sent out a mold kit to get tested and when it came back it was labeled toxigenic mold. It wasn't even a common household mold. It shouldn't have been growing there in the first place. Toxigenic molds arent'good because they can do irreparable damage you tour cell system.“
(International Student at Kansas State University)
“I'm an international student at K-State that struggles financially with housing. The fact is that it is extremely difficult for international students to find housing and we are particularly vulnerable to getting taken advantage of as we look for housing from abroad. Jardine is basically the only option.
Kansas State has not taken a leadership role on the issue of affordable housing, but I think they can and should. That would give me some hope.”
We want to hear your story.
We are collecting renter's stories about problems they face finding safe and affordable housing in Manhattan, KS. We share stories online through social media, letters to local newspapers, and with our local representatives. We want renters to know they're not the only one facing these sorts of issues.
Let us know what issues you’re currently facing and we’ll reach out to you to help you edit and publish your story online.
Join us at our weekly meetings
We currently meet every Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. We have partnered with Common Table to ensure everyone that attends can be fed. Come at 6:00 PM to get a free meal provided by Common Table; our meetings will follow at 7:00 PM
Email the City Commission
Write an email to the city commission and let commissioners know why safe and affordable housing is important to you.
Meet with an Organizer
Meet with our lead organizer to discuss some actions you can take, receive coaching on advocacy, and help realize your potential while fighting for housing justice.