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    1.1 Alouise Urness 1.1 Alouise Urness Presentation Transcript

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