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How to Defend Your Home Manual (PDF)

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The AFSC's Atlanta Economic Justice Program is thrilled to announce the completion of our How to Defend Your Home manual. This manual draws from the experience of dozens of housing justice organizers, tenant leaders, and folks who have found victory using direct action to take on those that threaten their housing.

As we navigate this chapter of the housing crisis, which has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is extremely important for both renters and homeowners to be given the tools they need to hold on to their housing. This manual is a step-by-step guide for anyone dealing with an immediate housing issue—whether they rent or own their home.

We created this manual because now more than ever, people need tools to fight back against the coming tide of unaffordability. While we don't have the capacity to assist with every campaign, we do want to offer our help in two ways:

  1. Do you live in Georgia? We may be able to come to you! We would be happy to facilitate an in-person home defense training for groups of any size throughout the state of Georgia.
  2. We are also willing to offer virtual trainings or phone consultations. To schedule an in-person training, a virtual training, or a phone consultation about your campaign, please email

Please share this resource with anyone in your network who is passionate about housing justice. If you have suggestions or feedback for the next edition, please email

The manual can be viewed and downloaded in PDF form using the link below.

Created Date 
Aug 16, 2022

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