New Mainers Tenants' Association
Founded in 2014, NMTA carries on a proud legacy of work to create concrete improvements in tenants’ living conditions and challenge and transform unjust housing policies and practices. NMTA’s work is grounded in the strong conviction that tenants must be the leaders of efforts to transform our housing conditions and communities. NMTA embraces the values of equality, hope, tenant leadership, respect, direct action, civic courage, racial and economic justice, and self-determination in our work.
The main objective was to respond to the growing conflicts related to the violations of new Mainers tenants’ rights by landlords in the Greater Portland area. A need to empower immigrant communities through education and advocacy was obvious and after a series of meetings with stakeholders that included the City of Portland Refugee Service Program, MEJP (Maine Equal Justice Partners), MIRC (Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition) and the Southern Maine Landlords’ Association, among others, Sonia Irambona and a group of immigrant leaders decided to start a tenants’ association.