August and Early Fall Are Ideal Times to Invite Elected Officials to Visit Your Site
On August 2, 2012, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) hosted a webinar launching its national McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign. The Alliance is encouraging advocates and providers across the country to invite your Members of Congress to visit your program during the upcoming congressional recesses.
Congress is on recess until Monday, September 10, 2012 but likely will be out of session during much of October for campaigning. That makes now the ideal time to encourage your Members to take a tour!
As Monarch has previously reported, it is critical that McKinney Vento be funded at the Administration’s proposed $2.231 billion level and hosting a site visit is a great way to make that case to your elected official!
Site visits have many benefits including that:
- Members of Congress rate site visits as one of the most valuable ways to collect constituent views and opinions;
- They make the connection between policy and implementation;
- Attract good publicity; and
- Build stronger relationships.
The webinar featured Steve Berg and Kate Seif from the Alliance and Kate Kelly from Monarch Housing.
Click here for the webinar’s powerpoint presentation