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 campaigns to make affordable housing an election issue.
This summer and fall, Congress will be in their home districts and states between August 1 and September 6 and again between October 10 and November 11.
To help advocates make full use of this time, NLIHC 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.