This is from our friends at NAEH. We encourage everyone to work on this important initiative.
“Showing Results: Federal, State and Local Responses to Homelessness” Partner with the Alliance to educate Members of Congress on local efforts to end homelessness and the federal policy changes needed to make ending homelessness a reality. ..
The Alliance will host a Congressional Briefing, â€œShowing Results: Federal, State and Local Responses to Homelessnessâ€, March 12th @ 12:30 in the US Capitol.
We can use your help to: (1) Get your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the briefing and
(2)Get your Member of Congress or their staff to attend the briefing BY MONDAY, MARCH 5TH.
How?: Call your Member of Congressâ€™s offices and ask to speak with the staff person who deals with housing and homelessness issues. You can say to the staff:
â€œThe National Alliance to End Homelessness is hosting a Congressional Briefing on March 12. The briefing will discuss the status of homelessness in the United States and initiatives in Congress which support efforts to end homelessness.â€
â€œ(City) has been a leader in the development of model programs which prevent and end homelessness and it would be an honor for (Senator/Representative) to show his/her support by co-sponsoring the briefing.â€
â€œIf your boss would like to co-sponsor the briefing or to RSVP for the briefing you can contact Sarah Kahn at the National Alliance to End Homelessness or 202-942-8259 BY MONDAY, MARCH 5TH.â€
â€œThe briefing will be a great opportunity for you and your boss to learn more about how federal policy affects the lives of the families, individuals and young people who experience homelessness in (city).â€
â€œWill you and your boss be able to attend the briefing?â€
Attached is the Allianceâ€™s letter requesting Members of Congress to co-sponsor the briefing which can be sent to Congressional staff more information.
Congressional Briefing Details: DAY: Monday, March 12, 2007 TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 PM PLACE: U.S. Capitol – Room S-207 RSVP: Contact Sarah Kahn, or 202-942-8259 – BY MONDAY, MARCH 5TH
If you are interested in working on the above tasks please contact Sarah Kahn at the Alliance (202-942-8259) so we can track progress being made with Congressional offices and collect RSVPs for the briefing.
Background: As mentioned, our goal for the Congressional briefing is to educate Members of Congress on the effect federal policy has on their state and home districts so they are prepared to take action on key policies in 2007.
By asking Members of Congress to co-sponsor the briefing we are giving them an opportunity to show their support for ending homelessness early in the year. This will make it easier to call on them to support policy change when we need it.