The Community Union of Washington Heights and Inwood or Union Communal was founded on July 15, 1990, under the name “Washington Heights Tenants Alliance”.

The Community Union is an alliance of neighbors with a purpose to organize and advocate for reforms that improve the quality of life for Washington Heights and Inwood residents. The organization as a whole is guided by the desire to see the Washington Heights and Inwood community thrive economically, socially and politically – and to protect residents against the many violations that afflict low-income communities.