Creating a Federal Advocacy Program<br />The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s path to sustained federal advocacy<b...
Less than two years ago, the Housing Alliance had one overworked Director of Policy and Advocacy trying to stay on top of ...
A question was raised: is there a bigger role for the Housing Alliance to fill in federal advocacy?<br />To answer the que...
Find a niche, then dedicate resources<br /><ul><li>Find out what’s already being done
 Make the case for your group’s work
 Secure funding
Hire staff and/or include in staff work plans</li></li></ul><li>Use your group’s connections<br />Find out who in your org...
Work in two directions:<br />Engaging the membership<br />Developing relationships with the  congressional delegation<br /...
Give, then ask<br />What can  you offer your members?<br />Educational seminars likethe Housing Alliance’s “Learn at Lunch...
Give, then ask, part II<br />What can you offer your federal elected officials?<br />Info on the need in their district<br...
Ask, then ask others to ask<br />A Housing Allianceexample: the National Housing Trust Fund<br />The same ask - different ...
Bringing others along<br />Continue the dialog with members, partner organizations, funders<br />Housing Alliance has:<br ...
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1.1 Alouise Urness

  1. 1. Creating a Federal Advocacy Program<br />The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s path to sustained federal advocacy<br /> Alouise Urness, Federal Policy Coordinator<br />
  2. 2. Less than two years ago, the Housing Alliance had one overworked Director of Policy and Advocacy trying to stay on top of both state and federal housing and homelessness issues…<br />
  3. 3. A question was raised: is there a bigger role for the Housing Alliance to fill in federal advocacy?<br />To answer the question, the Housing Alliance has taken a series of steps…<br />
  4. 4. Find a niche, then dedicate resources<br /><ul><li>Find out what’s already being done
  5. 5. Make the case for your group’s work
  6. 6. Secure funding
  7. 7. Hire staff and/or include in staff work plans</li></li></ul><li>Use your group’s connections<br />Find out who in your organization (board, members, staff) has experience with federal issues and/or advocacy<br />Engage them in planning for the work<br />Enlist them to help build organizational relationships<br />
  8. 8. Work in two directions:<br />Engaging the membership<br />Developing relationships with the congressional delegation<br /> In both cases…<br />
  9. 9. Give, then ask<br />What can you offer your members?<br />Educational seminars likethe Housing Alliance’s “Learn at Lunch”<br />Include federal updates in already popular email blasts. For example, the Housing Alliance’s: “The Week in Housing Advocacy” during state session.<br />
  10. 10. Give, then ask, part II<br />What can you offer your federal elected officials?<br />Info on the need in their district<br />Info on how programs and resources are used locally<br />Updates on state law<br />Recognition for supportive actions/votes<br />Access to stakeholders<br />
  11. 11. Ask, then ask others to ask<br />A Housing Allianceexample: the National Housing Trust Fund<br />The same ask - different mediums, different constituents<br />
  12. 12. Bringing others along<br />Continue the dialog with members, partner organizations, funders<br />Housing Alliance has:<br />Developed a follow-up survey<br />Involved members in planning events with federal legislators<br />Invited funders to participate in educational calls, receive action alerts<br />
  13. 13. Next steps<br />Newsletter for our members of Congress<br />Special events<br />Sen. Maria Cantwell<br />Rep. Jay Inslee<br />Branding for federal updates and alerts<br />Continuing and improving “Learn at Lunch”<br />
  14. 14. To learn more about our federal advocacy work<br />Visit our website: www.wliha.org<br /> - view archived federal updates and action alerts<br /> - sign up for Housing Alliance alerts<br />Or, contact me:<br />Alouise@wliha.org<br /> (206) 442-9455 x 203<br />

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