Even with little legal or political recourse remaining to them, RHTO members plan to grow and take further action. Currently, only five residents are officially members, although more occasionally attend meetings and demonstrations.

RHTO members hope to educate their peers so that they too can defend their rights as tenants.

"At the beginning, I was extremely scared," said Massa, "Now I feel empowered."

"The next generation that come needs to have affordable housing," said Guice, "If you always give back to the community, you'll get something back in return."

Andrew McFarland can be reached at  andrewpmcfarland@gmail.com.

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