DATE: Monday, June 11th 2007
TIME: 9:30 AM 12:30PM
PLACE: New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)
Learn How New Jersey Can Lead the Nation in Convincing Congress to Increase Service Funding for Permanent Supportive Housing – Federal Advocacy Workshop
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), as part of the effort led by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), has succeeded in convincing Congress and the Administration to increase funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program in recent years. This year, we want to gain an even bigger increase of $358 million to a total of $1.8 billion. We also plan to convince Congress to provide a new source of service funding as part of HHS for use in permanent supportive housing.
Members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation can have a powerful influence over whether or not we succeed.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) serves on both the Transportation-HUD and the Labor-HHS Appropriation Subcommittees. These Subcommittees will decide on both HUD and HHS services funding in the Senate.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D 6th-NJ) Chairs the Health Subcommittee, which will play an important role in authorizing the service funding.
This advocacy training will teach you how you, your colleagues and your clients can have an influential relationship with your Members of Congress. It is intended for both experienced and new advocates. You will learn how to:
- Understand current federal legislative proposals.
- Decide if adoption of these proposals by Congress will help you do your work more effectively.
- If so, how you can assist the national effort to gain their passage.
- State your case to members of Congress in terms of the local or home district impact.
- Identify the proper staff persons on your Members staff with whom to coordinate.
- Conduct a lobby visit, or even better, a site visit or tour for your members of Congress.
- Generate local support from providers, clients and local government bodies.
- Recruit powerful individuals and organizations as allies to support your efforts.
- Use the media, and especially the print media, to strengthen your advocacy efforts.