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Who are?

RHINO advocates are a diverse group of people working on public policy and best practice issues affecting tenants and rental housing

Who are the RHINO advocates?

Like everything about the RHINO Network, advocates come from all backgrounds and are organized in several different ways.
  • RHINO Advocates are individual activists (people who take action) who are concerned about the the policies that affect tenants and  rental housing.  Thru a weekly update, RHINOadvocates stay in touch with a range of hot topics and share ideas about social policy and practice.  If they weren't such a diverse might be tempted to call them "wonks"...people who specialize in finding ways to change society for the better.
  • Work Groups are groups of RHINO members and non-members who are focusing on a particular interest.  Working groups coordinate their activities by meetings and conference calls.  Right now (4/23/14) RHINO advocates are involved in working groups around Bed Bug Best Practices, Smoke Free Multifamily Housing, USDA Minimum Rents, and Utility Reselling.
  • Because Ohio is blessed with a strong statehouse advocacy presence, the RHINO project will generally defer to the Columbus Advocates.  These advocates include COHHIO, Ohio Poverty Law Center, and others.
  • On national issues, RHINO works with the National Preservation Working Group and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
 RHINO's Advocacy Work focuses on changing public policies that affect rental housing and the interests of renters.  Unlike conventional 'public policy' work RHINO's focus goes beyond legislative.  That's in part because legislative work is so cumbersome and often disconnected from what goes on in the real world.
RHINO's Advocacy work takes place at four levels:
  • social perception:  challenging the US notion that personal ownership is the most desirable form of  sheltering
  • legislative action:  enacting laws and securing resources ie. funding
  • administrative practices: shaping the rules and procedures of governmental organizations and exposing the assumptions and favors of the bureaucrats who inhabit them.
  • industry best practices: helping the rental industry understand its self interest in operating in the interests of their customers.
Public Policy

Administrative Regulation
Business standards

Best Practices

Efficient and innovative ways of carrying out good policies at a grassroots level.  Hopefully Best Practices become incorporated into Public Policy.