Making Affordable Housing an Election Issue

NLIHC Releases 2016 Advocacy Guide to Making Housing and Election Issue

Over the next few months, affordable housing and community development organizations have an opportunity to influence a number of critical issues before Congress and to help break through the noise of the Presidential and Congressional election campaigns to make affordable housing an election issue.

This summer and fall, Congress will be in their home districts and states between now and Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and then again between Monday, October 10, 2016 and Friday, November 11, 2016.

Please contact Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing Associates if you would like assistance with connecting with your U.S. Senators and Representatives and inviting them to visit your programs and housing sites.

Invitations to your member of Congress are a wonderful way to follow up on the July 13, 2016 Congressional Reception which was attended by either the Members themselves or their staff from all but one Congressional. Members and staff in attendance heard the message No Housing Cuts.

To help advocates make full use of this time, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has created a Summer/Fall 2016 Advocacy Guide, outlining the five key ways organizations can take action between now and the November elections to advocate for the issues that are most important to their mission, the people they serve, and their community.

The Advocacy Guide covers ways organizations can help:

  • Increase federal spending on key federal housing programs;
  • Expand and improve the Low Income Housing Tax Credit;
  • Ensure that housing needs are addressed in criminal justice reform;
  • Support the Make Room campaign—an initiative to demand that Congress make affordable housing a top priority; and
  • Use NLIHC Voterization resources to engage voters and candidates.

For more information and best practices on how nonprofit organizations and individuals can lobby their elected officials, see Lobbying: Individual and 501(c)(3) Organizations in NLIHC’s 2016 Advocates’ Guide.

Together, these resources can help advocates make their voices heard and build strong relationships with their Members of Congress.

NLIHC is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone.

NLIHC’s goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.

Summer 2015/2016 Advocacy Guide

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