Monarch Housing Associates will be an active participant in Our Homes, Our Voices.
Federal investments in proven affordable housing solutions benefit us all. But at a time when we should be increasing those investments, President Donald Trump will again propose slashing vital U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) resources that house low income people and revitalize distressed communities.
Last year, NLIHC – together with their members, national and state partners, mayors, other elected officials, and others – worked with advocates nationwide to organize the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action.
Groups across the country – from Miami, Florida to Palmer, Alaska and beyond – hosted more than 60 rallies, press conferences, letter-writing campaigns, and other events to defeat harmful funding cuts and let our members of Congress know why affordable housing matters to our communities.
New Jersey’s July Congressional Reception in Washington DC was part of last year’s National Housing Week of Action. Leading up to the November 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election, Monarch Housing and other nonprofits across the state working to end homelessness engaged in voter registration. Voter registration and mobilization is critical piece of housing action!
Building on last year’s success, we will hold this year’s week of action from May 1-8. Together we will bring more attention to the severe shortage of homes affordable to the lowest income people and urge increased investments in solutions.
You can start planning an event in your community for the Housing Week of Action by clicking here.
There you will find guides for how to plan different types of activities and sample materials and content for you to use, including talking points, tweets, op-eds, press releases, social media images and posters. When you’ve planned an event, NLIHC will feature it on their website, directing supporters to you and inspiring others to plan activities.
NLIHC’s 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement will also help you prepare. In addition to the latest updates on federal housing policy, the forum will offer several panels and workshops on effective state and local organizing strategies and share tools and ideas to help you plan a successful event for this year’s Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action.
The need for affordable housing in communities across the country is greater than ever, while threats to funding for programs that make affordable housing possible are more severe than they’ve been in decades.
It’s time to act – to raise our voices not only to protect vital affordable housing programs, but to expand them so that everyone, especially those with the lowest incomes, has an affordable place to call home.