“As an advocate, you are giving a voice to people experiencing homelessness.” Kelly highlighted the communication loop that Monarch Housing Associates has created with New Jersey’s Senate and House offices in Washington DC.
Said Kelly, “It’s very important to share info about Capitol Hill’s impact on the local level with Congress.”
Speaking of her experience building relationships with elected officials, Nazworth, said, “It can help to think of legislators as funders. You need to convince them of the value of their program.”
Advocates in Connecticut have been strengthening their relationship with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and worked with his office to arrange for him to shadow an individual experiencing homelessness in New Haven for a day.
Said Fox, “Site visits are a great way to show legislators the work your program is doing and turn a legislator into a proponent.”