As Friday evening commuters whiz by, a small group of citizens are standing on the street corner of Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard waving signs at the passing motorists. Their signs read, “Honk 4 Renters Rights,” and “Housing is a Human Right.”

Walt Senterfitt, a 71-year-old epidemiologist with a long white beard and rainbow suspenders, is at the center of the “honk-in.” Senterfitt, who is being evicted from his home of eight years under the provision of a state law known at the Ellis Act. He is the brains of the operation, organizing his neighbors and helping others around him fight for affordable housing.

“We have the human right to housing. We believe that everyone has the right to affordable housing,” Senterfitt said. “That is what we are trying to defend.”

Senterfitt and his neighbors have lived in the Los Feliz Rodney apartments ranging from eight to 23 years. Their plight is not uncommon in Los Angeles, the most unaffordable city in the nation.

The faces of LA housing