Miguel began his involvement with preventing homelessness by volunteering at the San Francisco Tenants Union in 1991 and soon became a core volunteer. Besides counseling tenants, Miguel oversaw the transformation of the Tenants Rights Handbook into a "real" book, coordinated trainings for counselors and was crucial in every legislative effort by the Tenants Union in the past 20 years. He was also a founding member of Homes Not Jails (which is affiliated with the Tenants Union), an HNJ leader throughout the 90s, and was arrested dozens of times fighting to get housing for people who were homeless. But his real achievement was founding the Eviction Defense Collaborative, which helps tenants fight evictions when the evictions go to court. In 1995, funding cuts forced the closure of the agency providing this service and Miguel organized tenant attorneys, the San Francisco BAR Association and the Tenants Union to begin providing this service again. He secured funding over the years, so that today the EDC has 14 staff and dozens of volunteers and besides helping tenants fight evictions it helps tenants who are behind in their rent with funds so those tenant won't get evicted. Thousands of people have been saved from homelessness due to Miguel. Miguel is much beloved and will be missed very much.
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